CRYD Representatives attended Regional Conference: Human rights in Migration Governance – From Influences to Responsibilities and Practice.

On October 15 – 17, 2018, CRYD representatives attended Regional Conference on Human rights in Migration Governance organized by KNCHR and GIZ and invited from practitioners, advocates, academics and students for the Horn of Africa Region.

The objective of the conference was to improve the migration management in the Eastern African region in response to the needs identified by the countries of the Khartoum Process, which Somalia was part for that process, in particular, to address the trafficking of human beings and the smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa.

The conference was enabled all stakeholders and participants to engage soberly and openly on the subject of human rights and migration governance.  It was encouraged all the stakeholders was allowed comprehensive discussion on how the State and non-state actors can effectively identify any existing gaps and give recommendations that will enhance migration governance through enhanced coordination and collaboration among key stakeholders and reduce instances of violations of migrants’ rights.

HRMG 1Participants during the discussion of HRMG Photo Credit @Ibrahim Iman of CRYD

During the discussions about migration tend it was focused on migrants’ economic contribution, security and integration. It was also raised that the migrants do influence not only the economic development of a country but also the political, social and cultural make up of any country. This attracted a comprehensive discussion on how migration impacts a country and how best to safeguard human rights and spur positive and sustainable development.

It was also raised that Migration in itself is not a negative factor rather, irregular and forced migration considerably increases the vulnerability of migrants’ resulting in massive human rights violations that defeat the essence of human dignity and life.

On the other hand, it was highlighted according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) 2017 figures, it is estimated that 258 million people live in a country other than the country of their birth.

For that reason, the stakeholders from the Horn of Africa region was encouraged to strongly promote this discussion on “How Human Rights Principles can or should influence Migration Governance’’.

In conclusion, the aim of the conference was to develop practical recommendations for mainstreaming human rights in migration governance. These recommendations will be presented to the relevant representatives of IGAD member states and regional human rights institutions to promote better policy and practice solutions such as:

  • On Children on the Move

    • Improve mechanism and communications,

    • Develop guidelines for undocumented children migrants,

    • Child involvement needs included in Sustainable Development Goals.

  • On Labour Migration

    • Do what you work for in your region,

    • Need for more data – filling the gap,

    • Irregular migration should be seen as an administrative rather than criminal,

    • Labour rights are human rights.

  • On Human Trafficking and Smuggling

    • Victims of Trafficking (VoT) rights-based approach

    • Address local trafficking issues,

    • Adopt SOPs with children on the focus,

    • Messaging and role of social media enhanced,

    • Increase role for civil society pushing anti-trafficking agenda.

This complex migration issue is not a matter that can be resolved by Governments alone, it needs a multiplicity of stakeholders. In this regard, CRYD acknowledges and appreciates the organizers for this very important regional conference and wishes to commend the facilitators for the transparent and inclusive approach in its engagement with the multi-stakeholders over and above Member States. CRYD wishes to also commend the GIZ for the coordinating role and technical expertise it has availed to this process.  We are pleased to learn a lot for the conference.

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Center for Research and Youth Development (CRYD)

Mogadishu – Somalia