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UN helping Kenya develop policy to combat irregular migration

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The United Nations migration agency is assisting Kenya in developing a migration policy that will help the country combat irregular migration, officials said on Tuesday.

Etsuko Teranishi-Inoue, a program manager at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), told Xinhua in Nairobi that it is providing Kenya with financial and technical support for its national migration policy which is expected to be in place in 2019.

“Once in place the policy will help Kenya tackle irregular migration into the country as well as illegal migration of Kenyans to the rest of the world,” Teranishi-Inoue said on the sidelines of a forum to raise awareness on irregular migration and migrants’ rights.

She said that Kenya needs a migration policy given that it has been identified as an origin, transit point and destination of illegal migrants.

Teranishi-Inoue added that the migration policy will also support Kenya’s engagement with its diaspora community which has a positive impact on the national economic development.

She said that IOM is currently providing technical skills to immigration officials to identify document fraud as well as victims of human smuggling.

Mary Kezzah, assistant labor commissioner of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, said that Kenya is keen to tackle new and emerging migration trends caused by globalization as well as climate change.

             

 

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