The Regional Mixed Migration team based in Kenya organized and facilitated a participatory technical meeting from 15-18 June to discuss and develop standard operating procedures for cross-border information sharing and the regulation of movement of people.
Standardized procedures for the regulation of movement of persons into, within and from each nation State is beneficial for both State and migrants. These standardized procedures are intended as a guidance and reference tool to support States in the facilitation of regular, safe and informed migration for both nationals and foreigners.
Furthermore, the tool confirms procedures to be applied in response to irregular migration, and encourages that international legal obligations to protect the rights of all persons, including irregular migrants are adhered to.
These standardized procedures for the regulation of movement are also intended to provide a more transparent system, whereby potential and current migrants have the opportunity to become aware of practices that will affect their movement. Migrants can become aware of the responsibilities expected of them, and as such can make informed decisions prior to or during migration.
A government representative from the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed representatives from the Ethiopian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from the Immigration Department, from the Djiboutian Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Somaliland Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
Representatives from IOM country offices from Ethiopia and Somaliland were also present and contributed to fruitful discussions, updating all participants on current trends and cross-cutting issues in the region. In addition to the development of technical tools to be implemented and reviewed over the coming 3 months, the 4-day meeting provided an opportunity to refresh participants’ knowledge of practical monitoring and evaluation techniques.
Participants provided positive feedback after the meeting, noting the apt timing of discussions and the relevance of content, particularly at a time when both government departments and humanitarian actors’ response efforts are stretched with ever growing needs in mixed migratory flows.