The Global Compact for Migration (GCM) is the first inter-governmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, covering all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. It is a non-binding document that respects states’ sovereign right to determine who enters and stays in their territory and demonstrates commitment to international cooperation on migration. It presents a significant opportunity to improve the governance of migration, to address the challenges associated with today’s migration, and to strengthen the contribution of migrants and migration to sustainable development. The GCM is framed in a way consistent with target 10.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in which Member States committed to cooperate internationally to facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration.
To update the National stakeholders with information on the first international migration review forum’s process and frameworks in place and develop a position paper, a three-day workshop was organized in Lagos State. The workshop which drew participants from State and Non-state stakeholders was organized by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social development (FMHADMSD) and National Commission for Refugees, Migrant and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI).
The workshop was organized with the support of the EU-funded project, known as the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM, a project implemented by International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Children and Education Fund (UNICEF), and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).
Speaking during the panel discussion, the Team leader of A-TIPSOM Project, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina, who was represented by Bellow Omotosho, highlighted various activities implemented within the framework of ATIPSOM project which seeks to address some of the Twenty-Three objectives of the GCM. He also dwells on the different pillars of A-TIPSOM project most especially those that seek to strengthen a safe and orderly migration system. According to him, FIIAPP through the European Union funded project has supported the creation of West African Coalition Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (WACTIPSOM)