IOM Supports Validation Workshop on Labour Mobility in EAC

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The study carried out by Arcadia Advocates on behalf of IOM, explored existing gaps and scrutinised the national policy frameworks on Labour Migration and Migrant Worker Practices in the EAC Partner States. The study followed a methodology that involved both qualitative and quantitative data relying on desktop research as well as country office stakeholder planning meetings and interviews. | Photo by IOM Kenya

As part of efforts geared towards supporting labour mobility in the East African Community (EAC), IOM on 8 March organized a one-day workshop bringing together key stakeholders to validate the findings of a draft comparative study focusing on labour mobility in the region.
 
 
IOM is supporting labour mobility in the EAC through this study to contribute to better informed decision making and enhance technical expertise on migration management in all EAC Partner States namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and United Republic of Tanzania.
 
 
Additionally, IOM envisions to enhance the workflow at One-Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) in the region through an assessment of how the national policies, programmes and procedures as well as legislation are aligned to commitments Partner States signed on through the Protocol. 
 
 
The workshop brought together stakeholders under the aegis of the National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM), the Department of Immigration Services, the Department of Civil Registration, National Employment Authority (NEA) and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights among other partners.
 
 
The study carried out by Arcadia Advocates on behalf of IOM, explored existing gaps and scrutinised the national policy frameworks on Labour Migration and Migrant Worker Practices in the EAC Partner States.  The study followed a methodology that involved both qualitative and quantitative data relying on desktop research as well as country office stakeholder planning meetings and interviews.
 
 
William Ongeri, representing the National Employment Authority, commended IOM for its relentless efforts in supporting labour mobility within the region and encouraged the organization to play an active role on the implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol.
 
 
The participants scrutinized the results of the study particularly focusing on the findings on the draft Labour Migration Policy Framework, which is in the process of being passed into law.  
 
 
Similar validation workshops were held in Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania on 7 March and 5 March respectively. 
 
 
A final draft will be shared to all stakeholders by end of March for approval and adoption. 
 
 
The workshop was conducted as part of the on-going IOM Development Fund regional project on “Supporting Labour mobility in the East African Community: Operationalizing the Common Market Protocol Provisions on the Free Movement of Persons and Labour,” aims to support legislative and institutional frameworks on free movement of persons and labour identified in Annex I and II of the EAC Common Market Protocol.