The Deputy Head of the IOM Kenya Country Office, Ferdinand Paredes stressed the importance of updating Kenya’s Immigration Border Procedures and Operations Manual, noting the urgency to adapt to the latest legal framework in order to keep abreast of any emerging trends in the field of immigration and border management. ©IOM 2017 (Photo: Joseph Kabiru)
The Government of Kenya with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently revising the Immigration Border Procedures Manual to capture new immigration laws, policies and procedure.
The first edition of the manual was developed in 2006 and later revised in 2010 to accommodate further changes. Since then, the Government has enacted new immigration laws and policies, key among them the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 and the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act Regulations 2012 and the East African Community One Stop Border Post Act 2013.
In 2014, the Kenyan Citizenship and Immigration Act was amended and in the intervening period, Kenya’s immigration services also experienced major policy, operational and organizational structural changes, such as the introduction of Information Communication and Technology Services in immigration operations.
Additionally, instability, radicalization and armed conflict in neighbouring countries have created an uncertain environment for immigration in Kenya which has been addressed in various policy documents including the revised manual.
Speaking in Nairobi during a validation workshop on 27 October, the Deputy Head of the IOM Kenya Country Office, Ferdinand Paredes stressed the importance of updating Kenya’s Immigration Border Procedures and Operations Manual, noting the urgency to adapt to the latest legal framework in order to keep abreast of any emerging trends in the field of immigration and border management.
Speaking on behalf of the Government, the Director of Immigration Services, Major-General (rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa, noted that a standardized manual will not only reduce operational challenges facing immigration officers, but also enhance their professionalism, stating: “New additions such as the One Stop Border Post and coordinated border management mechanisms are particular focuses for the revised manual since inter-agency coordination is the key in managing borders.”
The one-day workshop brought together over 20 immigration officers from across Kenya, with participants representing the counties of Mombasa, Kisumu and Garissa.
The revision of the Immigration Border Procedures Manual is one of the activities under the Immigration and Border Management (IBM) project that IOM is implementing in partnership with the Government of Kenya.
This project has been ongoing since March 2016 and is funded by the Government of Japan.