NCM Convenes Stakeholders Workshop on Migration Related issues

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The NCM brings together key Government of Kenya Ministries and Departments with migration related functions at central and devolved levels, and meets regularly to discuss related migration issues. | Photo by IOM Kenya

On 20 December 2017, the Kenya National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM), in partnership with the UN Migration Agency (IOM), convened a two-day stakeholder’s workshop in Naivasha to deliberate on the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) and the Migration Country profile, among other pertinent migration issues.
 
The workshop brought together 30 key stakeholders from the Government, academia, civil society organizations, security
agencies and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR).
 
The NCM brings together key Government of Kenya Ministries and Departments with migration related functions at central and devolved levels, and meets regularly to discuss related migration issues.
 
Speaking while officially opening the workshop, the Director of Immigration Services, Major-General (rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa, hailed the key miles stones NCM has achieved so far, and and singled out the Draft Migration Policy and the planned launch of the Kenya Migration Training Institute in August 2018, as key deliverables.
 
“By the end of this workshop, we expect specific, measurable achievable, realistic and time bound recommendations,” he said.
 
The Head of IOM Kenya Country Office, Mr. Michael Pillinger, pointed out that the NCM has made good progress since its inception in 2016 and said he was optimistic that NCM will be a shining example among IGAD member countries and the broader international community.
 
“IOM will continue to provide technical assistance and support to the Government of Kenya, on migration related issues,” he said.
 
The workshop also focused on how to mainstream migration governance at the local level outreach to the County Government as well as discuss Migration Governance Indicators and linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). SDGs are now driving policy planning and implementation across borders and across sectors, recognizing the inter-linkages between migration and development and the fundamental contributions of migrants.
 
The workshop also discussed the findings of the summary findings and recommendations of the MGI Kenya Country Profile.The participants also discussed the nexus between
migration Governance Indicators and the Sustainable Development Goals, identification of the key areas of the Kenya Migration Country Profile 2015 and its significance to the conclusion of the draft National Migration Policy.
 
The profile provides migration situational analysis, data on trends and patterns that will inform policy formulation, execution and evaluation.
 
The workshop was also briefed on the proposed Kenya Migration Training Institute progress report and status of the NCM stakeholder’s engagement with regional and global partners.
 
The Institute is expected to train Kenya’s migration management practitioners.