IOM Trains Kenyan Immigration and Border Officers

News Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:02 Share

The training, targeting high ranking officers from the Department of Immigration Services, focused on human trafficking and smuggling and imparted critical document examination and fraud detection skills. Participants are expected to share their knowledge with frontline border officials. | Photo by IOM Kenya

Sixteen immigration and border officers from Kenyas Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government have completed a five-day training in Naivasha, Kenya, conducted by IOM immigration and border management experts from IOMs African Capacity uilding Centre, in coordination with IOM Kenya.
 
The training, targeting high ranking officers from the Department of Immigration Services, focused on human trafficking and smuggling and imparted critical document examination and fraud detection skills. Participants are expected to share their knowledge with frontline border officials.
 
Director of Immigration Services Major-General (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa thanked Japan, which funded the training, for its support in helping to boost the efficiency of Kenyas border management and underscored the importance of inter-agency cooperation at border crossing points.
 
“We are already seeing the effects of technology and how it is inuencing the ow of people and goods. I am glad that the collaboration between IOM and the Department of Immigration Services over the years has yielded a lot of positive developments,” he said.
 
“We expect that this training of trainers will strengthen the capacity of immigration officers to manage borders, improve security and respond to various migration threats,” said John Njoroge, IOM Kenyas Senior External Relations Officer.
 
Kenya is vulnerable to terrorism, transnational crime and irregular migration across its borders. The government noted the need to address security, the rule of law, and to secure borders in its Medium Term Plan for 201-201 and under the strategic plan ision 200.
 
With funding from Japan, IOM is working closely with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to improve the capacity of Department of Immigration Services officials, strengthen border infrastructure at key border crossing points, and counter transnational organied crime.