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UN Agencies Ask Govt to Pass National Migration Policy

United Nations agencies are asking the Government of Uganda to pass the National Migration Policy as a means of curbing the dangers associated with migration in the country and the region as a whole.

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United Nations agencies are asking the Government of Uganda to pass the National Migration Policy as a means of curbing the dangers associated with migration in the country and the region as a whole.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) say the police will protect all migrants entering and leaving Uganda.

The plea was made during this year's International Migrants Day national event that took place today at St. Peter's Nsambya Primary school. The theme of this year's celebrations is- ‘The challenges and Promises of Migration'. 

Elisa Crowe, acting IOM Chief of Mission in Uganda says that government should put the migration policy into play to enable Uganda benefit from the contributions made by migrants in the economy. “We hope that this year the government can crown the migration policy formulation process by passing the national migration policy. This policy will help all stakeholders involved know their roles which will help the migration situation in the country," Crowe said.

According to IOM, there are over 1.3 million migrant refugees from all over the African region and the world living in Uganda at the moment. Eighty percent of the refugees migrate internally within the continent. Less than 20 percent of migrants from North Africa try and pass through Libya to reach Europe.

Alain Sibenaler, UNFPA Uganda representative says that while government has protected Ugandans by signing bilateral trade agreements with countries in the Middle East, it needs to do more to protect its citizens.

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Sibenaler says that government should put in place the national policy to stop human trafficking and illegal migration that has led to the deaths of Africa's youth in Libya where they are either being sold into slavery or killed.

Agnes Igoye, head of the Immigration Training Academy and deputy national coordinator counter-trafficking, says that as people wait for the passing of the policy, they should use the available laws in the country to ensure that they do not fall victim of human trafficking.

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Government finalised the drafting of the national migration policy last year and it is currently before cabinet. The policy prioritises the collection and dissemination of migration data, the establishment of institutional frameworks, resource mobilisation and implementation.

Currently, migration of Ugandans to other countries is monitored by the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Act and the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act.

The International Migrants Day was proclaimed by the United Nation General Assembly in 2000. Since then the estimated number of people living and working outside their home countries has risen from 175 million in 2000 to 244 million in 2015. Today, the figure stands at 250 million people.

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