First Annual Forum for Regional Consultations on Migration in Africa

Ghana to host from 16 - 18 September a Joint Forum on how to promote dialogue and foster regional cooperation on migration among African countries, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and development partners.

Media advisory | 16 September 2015
ADDIS ABABA (ILO News) – The first Forum for Intra-Regional Consultations of Africa Regional Frameworks on Migration is held from 16-18 September in Accra, Ghana to build capacity for better labour mobility, free movement of persons and integrated boder management.

The main objective is to enhance capacities of the Africa Regional Frameworks on Migration and promote inter-state dialogue and intra/inter regional cooperation to achieve effective and well balanced migration management policies.

The Annual Forum will provide a platform for an all-inclusive, open, balanced and comprehensive conversation on migration issues to ensure a policy coherence at national, regional and continental level.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other key stakeholders will be able to share information on current migration trends, patterns and dynamics as well as reliable migration data.

The meeting is expected to address key issues related to irregular migration not only based on security considerations but in light of broader development agenda for Africa, including the notion of mainstreaming migration in development strategies.

The Annual intra-regional consultations on migration will also provide key data and evidence-based information to validate draft migration policies and African Common positions on specific migration issues and to make recommendations for consideration at the African Union Summits.

Background Information

The Joint Intra-Regional Consultations of Africa Regional Frameworks on Migration (MDs) and Regional Consultative Processes (RCPs) is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the IOM, the UNECA, in collaboration with the Swiss Government.

The goal is also to strenghten the capacities of African RECs in the larger context of human mobility as migration is inevitable, necessary and desired if effectively governed.

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