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News article4 May 2018

Making progresses towards free movement of persons in the IGAD region


The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) held its National Consultation Workshop towards the development of the IGAD Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in Mogadishu, Somalia in February 2018. The four-day workshop brought together experts dealing on migration related issues as well as all national stakeholders from each of the Ministries and Authorities of Government, Civil Society Organizations, Academia, Private Sector and Media to contribute to effective migration governance.

The Ambassador of Ethiopia to Somalia, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, representatives from the European Union, UNHCR, IOM, as well as high level dignitaries from Somalia including the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia and the Director General of Internal Security gave keynote speeches in support of the process while highlighting the benefits of a Protocol for the free movement of persons in the region. The National consultation aimed at getting inputs from national stakeholders and Experts on benefits and barriers to free movement of persons; deriving National Recommendations towards the Provisions of the Protocol and Developing a Road Map for the Negotiation and Adoption of the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region. The consultation was organised in the framework of the EU-funded regional project "Towards Free Movement and Transhumance in the IGAD region".


Publication date
4 May 2018
Regional Horn of AfricaSomalia
Greater economic and employment opportunities
International Organization for MigrationOIT - ILO - Organisation Internationale du Travail - International Labour Organization

Programmes in the region

Better Migration Management Programme

The overall objective is to improve migration management in the region, and in particular to curb the trafficking of human beings and the smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa.

Research and Evidence Facility

The specific objectives will be to collate, synthesize and disseminate the outcomes of existing and new research and evidence related to instability, irregular migration and forced displacement in the Horn of Africa; to communicate the outcomes of existing and new research and evidence to, and share

Towards Free Movement and Transhumance in the IGAD region

The specific objectives of the project are:(I) to support the process of adoption, ratification and domestication of the IGAD Protocols on Free Movement of Persons and on Transhumance by IGAD Member States upon their adoption by IGAD Council of Ministers, along with complementary measures to...