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African countries warned migration likely to lead to exploitation and slavery if mismanaged


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has warned that migration is likely to lead to exploitation and slavery if mismanaged by African countries.

IOM Director General, Amy Pope, said migration was part of the human experience and at the core of civilization.

Pope said this during the launch of the 2nd Edition of the Africa Migration Report in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

Thiis according to a statement issued by Inutu Mwanza, the First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

She underscored the multifaceted nature of migration, emphasizing that when conducted appropriately, it could foster prosperity, innovation and the exchange of developmental ideas.

During the launch of the report, Zambia called on African countries to endeavour to promote a balanced and well informed narrative on African migration.

In a speech read on his behalf by Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Rose Sakala, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Jack Mwiimbu, stressed the need to shift away from negative perceptions of migration.

“It is important to highlight the intricate threads that interweave policy formulation, practical implementation and the overall welfare of African Migrants,” Mwiimbu advised.

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He urged African countries to start highlighting the significant contributions made by migrants to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of nations.

“There is need for Member States to reinforce the African Union’s steadfast commitment to regional integration, as enshrined in Agenda 2063,” the Minister said.

Mwiimbu also urged Member states to align their policies and practices to accelerate the realization of a United, prosperous and inclusive Africa.

African Union Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma advised Member States to translate the insights of the report into actionable policies and strategies to weave hope and unity among Africans.

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