Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region continue to face challenges in the area of best practices in migration management, Malawi Minister of Home Affairs Paul Chibingu said. Speaking during the official opening of 2014 SADC Migration Dialogue (MIDSA) Conference in the Capital Lilongwe, he said, the challenges range from diverse national migration policies, national and regional coordination, irregular, labour migration, migration and health among others.
“Our region has increasingly seen mixed migration movements coming from the East, the Horn of Africa and also from the Great Lakes region,” he said.
On his part, Senior Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa for International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Charles Kwenin, said, challenges associated with mixed and irregular migration do not only affect migrants but also source, transit and destination countries.
“Many states are ill equipped to offer appropriate reception to the large influx of migrants that arrive at their borders,” he said.
He therefore urged member states to take stock of actions at national and regional level to address mixed and irregular migration in the region.
( Courtesy AGENCIES ……. Source …….. NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS)