Mainstreaming Human Rights In Migration Governance

19 November, 2018

Under the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme and in collaboration with the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KNCHR), and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), GIZ hosted a regional conference hosted a conference on Human Rights in Migration Governance in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2018.

Over three days 150 participants provided recommendations on the challenges and opportunities surrounding: Children on the Move; Labour Migration and, Migrant Smuggling. Due in part to their age, children are highly vulnerable targets of trafficking, and globally 14 percent of all migrants are under the age of 20 years. In the case of labour migration, the ILO states that 90 percent of all migration is labour migration, and participants at the event highlighted the need for a ‘review of migration/citizenship policies with a view to allowing dual citizenship, which encourages investment and reduces brain drain’. With more people on the move than ever before, more people, specifically vulnerable demographics such as women and children are at risk. Attendees provided recommendations on the need to take a ‘child-focused and gender-sensitive’ lens to Standard Operating Procedures.

The inputs to the conference will be reviewed to help shape actionable recommendations for national and regional human rights institutions and IGAD member states to implement.

Read the recommendations in full here.