ECOWAS Organizes Regional Meeting to Discuss Reintegration, Other Migration Issues

Abuja – From 17 to 19 July, approximately 50 experts from ECOWAS Member States on migration data, border management, return and reintegration and labour migration will meet at the Bolton White Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria under the auspices of the Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA).

MIDWA was set up in December 2000 with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the Swiss Government and the European Union (EU), to encourage ECOWAS Member States to discuss common migration challenges and concerns in a regional context for which immediate solutions may not be forthcoming at the national level.

This second-year meeting will be based on the following themes:

  • Harmonization of migration data collection in the ECOWAS region and elaboration of regional statistics
  • Reinforcing regional collaboration on border management in the ECOWAS region
  • Facilitating return and reintegration of migrants in the ECOWAS region
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress within the MIDWA system
  • Identifying policy priorities in light of the upcoming regional migration policy

During the meeting, delegates will review progress made based on the set action plan, strategize on how to overcome obstacles and outline persisting challenges to be presented at the Ministerial level.   

ECOWAS will also take the opportunity to present existing tools which have been developed for capacity building, institutional strengthening and knowledge management. In addition, the draft regional migration policy which has been developed recently will be presented to a wider forum, in view of its formal adoption by ECOWAS.

This meeting benefits from the technical assistance provided by IOM within the framework of the Support to Free Movement and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa), which is jointly funded by the European Union and ECOWAS Commission and implemented by a consortium of partners namely IOM, ILO and ICMPD.

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For more information, please contact Erika de Bona, IOM Nigeria, Email: