Uganda will host a three-day regional conference on migration, expected to bring together hundreds of delegates from the seven Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries.
The Kampala meet from November 7 to 10 meet will tackle the challenges of migration in what experts say has been influenced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Mali, Niger and Ethiopia. She promised more development aid to reduce poverty that pushes more people from the region to Europe.
According to the media, the countries want to domesticate the regional migration policy, following a steep rise in the flow of immigrants from the region to Europe.
However, the migration experts and policy makers will not only focus on migration as a peace and security issue, but also tackle its positive aspects such as; migration for regional integration, migration for technology transfer and financial remittances, education and employment opportunities.