The three day forum brings together participants from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan. There are also representatives from the African Union and the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development.
The objective of the meeting which is an initiative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is to support member states of the Regional Committee on Mixed Migration to embrace bilateral and multilateral dialogue to resolve crossborder migration.
“During the three days, members of the regional committee will examine the progress made on the recommendations made in previous sessions. These political efforts will have an impact on the humanitarian situation, including the management of migration, crossborder coordination and policies affecting migrants, refugees as well as asylum seekers,” head of IOM in Djibouti Henry Glorieux said during the opening of the forum.
The senior UN official equally urged participants to address the issue of the high number of migrants who die in the sea.
“It is estimated that over 300,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe since the start of 2015. Over 2,700 lost their lives in the sea and majority of them came from Horn of Africa countries,” he continued.
Glorieux equally recalled that member countries of the Regional Committee on Mixed Migration had, in previous meetings, formulated recommendations which, he said, should serve as a useful reference point in implementation of national policies with regards to migration issues.
Speaking during the same forum, Secretary General of Djibouti’s Interior Ministry Siraj Omar Abdoulkader said more actions should be taken to welcome those fleeing their countries, and who sometimes find themselves in critical situations.
“With the influx of migrants, a new wave of immigration where people are transported and sold in a criminal manner has appeared,” he said.
In 2010, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Puntland and Somaliland held the first regional consultative meeting to discuss the phenomenon of mixed migration in the region and seek an appropriate answer to the situation.
The 2010 meeting came up with numerous recommendations, chief among them being the establishment of a multi-ministerial and intergovernmental committee on mixed migration. The committee held its first meeting in 2011 in Addis Ababa. Enditem