Nigeria, Switzerland sign pact on migration

Jonathan Goodluck, President of Nigeria

The Global Programme on Migration and Development, GPMD, of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC, a governmental agency of the Swiss Government, and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja signed an agreement to support the Commission in institutionalising the National Migration Dialogue as a platform for effective and inclusive migration governance in Nigeria.

The agreement, which is being developed within the broader remit of the Migration Partnership between Nigeria and Switzerland, further strengthens the cooperation between the two countries in the specific area of migration and development.

Nigeria has elaborated a National Migration Policy to coordinate and provide a common approach for implementing migration related programmes which is steered through a Technical Working Group, TWG, comprising of both governmental and non-governmental actors.

Switzerland is thus supporting Nigeria, through the NCFRMI, as the coordinating agency for migration and development issues in Nigeria, to ensure cohesion and coherence in the implementation of the draft National Migration Policy and the further institutionalization of the TWG.

The Swiss’ contribution, equivalent to $151,000, will support the consultative process which takes place in the coming months and is led by the members of the TWG drawn from over 60 institutions of both state and non-state actors. The process will culminate into a three-day event, the National Migration Dialogue, scheduled to hold in December.

Stakeholders from the 36 states of the federation, and all key actors in the field of migration and development, will meet at this event, to reflect upon, evaluate and monitor activities in the field of migration in Nigeria.

The main output of the dialogue will thus be the review of various operational challenges at the institutional level in implementing the National Migration Policy and thereby contributing, among others, to the review of existing legal frameworks in addressing these challenges, as well as the update of the National Migration Profile highlighting key areas of priorities for future government intervention.

The first of its kind holding this year, the National Migration Dialogue is however planned to take place annually in the future to review regularly and comprehensively the implementation of migration related activities in the country.

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