Delegation of the European Union to Haiti

Support for The Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa

04/01/2019 - 21:10
Migration and Border Management

The overall objective is to improve free movement of persons and migration management in West Africa by supporting the effective implementation of the ECOWAS Free Movement of Person's Protocols and the ECOWAS Common Approach on Migration.

Main results to date:

  • Strengthen the capacities of the ECOWAS Commission to lead an intra-regional dialogue on free movement and migration issues and act as a platform for policy development and harmonisation;
  • Strengthen the capacities of national institutions of ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania in the areas of migration data management, migration policy development, border management, labour migration and counter trafficking;
  • Non-state Actors and local Authorities are actively engaged in information and protection activities for the benefit of migrant and cross-border populations.


Main activities:

  • Capacity-building activities of the two key ECOWAS Commission Directorates: Free Movement of Persons and Humanitarian and Social Affairs;
  • Develop guidelines on regional and national referral mechanisms of ECOWAS network of national focal points;
  • Capacity-building activities targeting key institutional counterparts at the national level through a Demand Driven Facility;
  • Support projects of non-State Actors and Local Authorities.  

Main accomplishments to date:

  • Baseline studies and assessments done;
  • The Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA) is in place and has taken place twice. A research paper on irregular migration from West Africa to North Africa and Europe was developed and presented at the 2015 MIDWA meeting on 6 October, 2015;
  • A MIDWA web-page as centre-point for the communication and sharing of information relevant to all aspects of migration within West Africa has been established;
  • With the support of the project, the new ECOWAS Action Plan on combatting trafficking in persons (2016 – 2020) was finalized and presented at a technical validation meeting in Abuja on 10 November 2015;
  • Demand Driven Facility Guidelines have been finalized;
  • A draft regional migration policy has been developed;
  • Implementation guidelines for the ECOWAS Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation Framework were developed;
  • Recruitment of 3 ECOWAS Staff completed.



Source of funds: 10th EDF (2013/023-123)

Total budget (EUR): 26.45M

Implementing period:  69 Months (31/05/2013 to 28/02/2019)

Implementing agency:  IOM, ICMPD, ILO

Geographical region:  West Africa

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