East African Countries Urged to Harmonize Their Migration Policies
"We have been at the forefront in bringing member states together because migration is not the issue of one country. We want to see how our member states can actually work together, harmonize policies, and also address the issue of migration together," Alwan said on the sidelines of the validation workshop on the revised Migration Action Plan (MAP) 2024–2028, which was held in Ethiopia on November 15-16.
"For this reason, we need to join our hands to protect them as member states with the concerned department to facilitate their migration from the country of origin through the country of transit until they reach the country of their last destination. To do this, we need to exert effort sincerely with the concerned department," he emphasized.
"It is an issue that requires intergovernmental organizations or our neighbors to work together in cooperation. We continue to support the mechanisms that exist through IGAD and UNHCR [the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees], and we continue to work hand in hand with those agencies to keep supporting them," she stated.