IOM Launches Program to Curb Intra-Migration in Africa

Addis Ababa The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launches a three-year integrated action plan to curb intra-migration across Africa which will be implemented in 35 countries.

The program to be implemented with nine million US dollars grant provided by the Swedish government will jointly be implemented by AU, UNECA, ILO and IOM.

The program, code named integrated management for Development and Networking in Africa is expected to render higher contribution to the implementation of AU Agenda 2063 and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition, the program will enhance capacity of labor and social affairs institutions of the countries, draft a joint policy and strategy as well as ensuring social safety of migrants.

In her welcoming remark IOM Chief of Mission and Representative to AU, ECA and IGAD, Maureen Achieng said 82 percent of African migration is within the continent.

She added that launching the action plan during which the continent is working on free movement of people, single air transport makes it a historic one.

If guided accordingly migration will have paramount impact Achieng said, and indicated that the demographic advantages within the continent should be backed to alleviate unemployment rate.

ILO Assistant Director General for Africa, Cynthia Samuel said Africa's intra-migration will have positive economic impacts and integration among countries if guided with inclusivity.

The action plan, which will be implemented in West, East and Southern Africa, is expected to benefit not only the macroeconomics of countries but also the livelihood of migrants.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency