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NOMRA Attends the Third Pan African Forum on Migration in Kampala

June 24, 2017

The Network of Migration Research on Africa (NOMRA) was at the Third Pan African Forum on Migration which was held in Kampala, Uganda from 15–17 May, 2017.

The forum which was held at Speke resort Munyonyo, Kampala, is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission [AUC] and the Regional Economic Communities [REC], with the International Organisation on Migration [IOM] as the Technical Secretariat.

The three-day conference which was held under the theme “Towards an African Common Position on the Global Compact on Migration” was organised for participants to share some national and regional perspectives on migration and to make some recommendations as inputs to the Global Compact on Migration [GCM].

The forum brought together senior government officials in Uganda and other relevant stakeholders from all the AU member states and other entities including CSOs, private sector, migrants, diaspora, academia, unions, and non-state actors.

Representing NOMRA at the forum is its Executive Director, Prof. Aderanti Adepoju. At the forum, Prof Adepoju extensively spoke on the topic: “The youth and Irregular Migration: The role of Traditional Leaders and Civil Society (human rights, trafficking in human beings, social inclusion, discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance)”. The session was moderated by Hon. Nanette Thomas, Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Republic of Sierra Leone.

The Kampala forum provides an all-inclusive platform to share migration information, trends, experiences, lessons and good practices. It also presents an opportunity to discuss national and regional perspectives on migration based on the modalities and thematic clusters that have been agreed upon for the intergovernmental negotiations of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

At the end of the meeting, a Draft Outcome Document would be prepared towards an African common position as a broad consensus on safe, orderly, and regular migration which will be used as input on the Global Compact –to be adopted by the United Nations intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018.

 

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