Delegation of the European Union to Kenya

Jointly turning migration from a common challenge into a shared opportunity

20/12/2018 - 08:32
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For the second year in a row, the Government of Kenya, the European Union and its Member States as well as the IOM and GIZ jointly celebrated International Migrants Day on 18 December.

The IOM Senior Regional Specialist on Labour Migration, Tatiana Hadjiemmanuel, highlighted that "Migration is a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding."

EU Deputy Head of Delegation, Bruno Pozzi, reaffirmed "the European Union's enduring commitment to protect migrants' human rights, to prevent perilous irregular journeys and ensure opportunities for legal and safe pathways instead".

The Chairman of the National Coordination Mechanism on Migration Secretariat, Dr Dan Opon stressed that "we cannot ignore the fact that the civilisation of the world is founded on migration".

The full-day event consisted of a panel discussion with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Labour Department and four Kenyans who shared their experiences pursuing postgraduate studies in Belgium, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Additionally, young Kenyans had the opportunity to follow a tutorial on practical “Dos and Don’ts” to migrate safely. The event also included a European Study Fair, featuring information about study and scholarship opportunities presented by European Embassies. Young Kenyans could benefit from a free CV-check and career counselling session during the Fair. In the afternoon session, participants enjoyed the IOM Global Migration Film Festival.

This celebrating of International Migrants Day was facilitated by the Better Migration Management programme (BMM). BMM is financed by the European Union through the EU Trust Fund for Africa and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The overall objective of BMM is to improve national and regional migration management within the Horn of Africa.

For more information, please consult the following documents:

Better Migration Management Programme

International Migrants Day - EU works with partners to protect migrants


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