Posted by: africanpressorganization | 11 November 2008

Senegal / Regional Conference on Refugee Protection and International Migration in West Africa

 


 

Senegal / Regional Conference on Refugee Protection and International Migration in West Africa

 

DAKAR, Sénégal, November 11, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Press Briefing Notes

A two-day regional conference on refugee protection and international migration in West Africa organized jointly by the UNHCR, IOM, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opens on Thursday in the Senegalese capital Dakar.

This conference, which will be officially opened by Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade, will bring together some 200 officials from UN agencies, IOM, ECOWAS’ fifteen Members States, donor countries, and national and international NGOs to discuss issues relating to refugee protection and international migration in West Africa.

Participants will look at how the free movement of citizens within the ECOWAS region and ECOWAS’ common approach on migration could provide tangible responses to the challenges faced by refugees and migrants in West Africa.

Regional and international migration flows within and outside of West African region will also be discussed with a special emphasis on finding ways to promote regular and safe migration flows in order to reduce irregular migration flows.
 
Keynote speakers include Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the president of the ECOWAS Commission, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner Erika Feller and OHCHR Director of the Treaty Bodies and Human Rights Council Division, Bacre Waly Ndiaye.

The Dakar conference follows a similar event organized by UNHCR in May 2008 in Sanaa, Yemen to look at refugee protection and international migration in the Gulf of Aden.

This conference is funded by the European Commission, the USA State Department’s  Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

 

SOURCE : International Office of Migration (IOM)


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