NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United Nations migration agency is assisting
Kenya in developing a migration policy that will help the
country combat irregular migration, officials said on Tuesday.
a program manager at the International Organization for
Migration (IOM), told Xinhua in Nairobi that it is providing
Kenya with financial and technical support for its national
migration policy which is expected to be in place in 2019.
“Once in place the
policy will help Kenya tackle irregular migration into the
country as well as illegal migration of Kenyans to the rest of
the world,” Teranishi-Inoue said on the sidelines of a forum to
raise awareness on irregular migration and migrants’ rights.
She said that Kenya
needs a migration policy given that it has been identified as an
origin, transit point and destination of illegal migrants.
added that the migration policy will also support Kenya’s
engagement with its diaspora community which has a positive
impact on the national economic development.
She said that IOM is
currently providing technical skills to immigration officials to
identify document fraud as well as victims of human smuggling.
assistant labor commissioner of the Ministry of Labor and Social
Protection, said that Kenya is keen to tackle new and emerging
migration trends caused by globalization as well as climate