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MoWSA, IOM ink a 5-year cooperation agreement to mitigate irregular migration

Addis Ababa, May 10, 2024 (FBC) – Ministry of Women and Social Affairs and International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed a 5-year agreement that enables them to mitigate the challenges of irregular migration and related activities today.

The agreement was signed between Women and Social Affairs Minister Ergogie Tesfaye and Head of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Country Mission in Ethiopia Abibatou Wane-Fall.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Ergogie said the ministry has been work closely with different partners to mitigate the challenges of irregular migration.

According to her, the agreement focuses on data management of returnees and reintegration in areas of preventing irregular migration and protecting migrants in vulnerable situations.

The Government of Ethiopia has been making a significant change to ensure well governed migration, protect and to assist migrants in a vulnerable situation, the minister noted.

Ergogie also explained that the government has adopted various policies directions and legal frameworks with the development of organizational system and human resources, including the preparation of national referral mechanisms and reintegration of returnee migrants to facilitate implementation of regular migration and to tackle the problems of irregular migration.

IOM Chief of Mission Wane-Fall said that the collaboration with the ministry has always been rooted in ensuring the safety, dignity and well -being of migrants.

She added that the agreement would enable to solidify the partnership of the organizations and lays the ground to turn their shared vision into reality.

The cooperation agreement will support the implementation of a comprehensive five year joint strategic plan rooted in the thematic priorities, including preventing irregular migration, protecting of migrants in vulnerable situation, migration information management (data and research), capacity development and system strengthening, and coordination and partnership.

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