Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania to collaborate to curb illegal migration (Dec 22, 2014)
State Minister Dewano Kedir meets with Ambassadors of Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania today (December 19) to discuss on how the countries should cooperate to curb illegal migration and to share recent developments in the issue of migration.
The State Minister noted that Ethiopia has been conducting assessments about Ethiopian immigrants, the illegal routes and destination countries and found out that the need to devise collaborative mechanisms between African countries is crucial to minimize the damages related to illegal migrations of African citizens. This is the main reason that initiates a discussion between Ethiopia, Kenya Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania, the countries used by human traffickers and illegal brokers as migration routes. Thus, State Minister Dewano said integrated tools and mechanisms and agreements in the areas such as boarder entries, VISA processing, Immigrants handling and legal proceedings needs to be designed, agreed and implemented soon between the countries. Recalling the recent ban on domestic workers into the Middle East countries, he said Ethiopia is finalizing drafting a new bill on employment of Ethiopians abroad. He said Ethiopia has improved its immigration related cooperating with Sudan and Kenya as well as with countries like Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania ranging from improving VISA processing and combating Human traffickers to releasing immigrant prisoners to follow their court cases in their countries. Ambassador of Zambia to Ethiopia, H. E Ms. Susan Sikanota, on her part said the government of Zambia only encourages immigrations for development which can be seen in the context of African integration. The Ambassasdor also noted that illegal migration should be tackled and collaboration between African countries through f the African Union and the ECA should be put in place to curb the problem. Kenyan Ambassador to Ethiopia, H. E. Ambassador Katherine Mugai Mwangi, said the issue of illegal migration is indeed dire and cooperative mechanisms between the concerned countries should be designed and implemented to minimize it. The Ambassadors expressed their agreements as the Issue of illegal migration has become timely and needs an integrated response from the African countries.