National Migration Policy draft crafted

Stakeholders converged in Bulawayo this Wednesday to deliberate on the National Migration Policy which seeks to protect the dignity of the travelling public and address migration-related health issues, including Covid-19.
Representing the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, the director for policy planning and monitoring and evaluation, Alois Matongo encouraged stakeholders to benchmark and align Zimbabwe’s migration policy with regional and international best practices.
“The migration and development policy shall be mainstreamed and implemented in the context of NDS1, which already acknowledges the development potential of migration,” he said.
“However, due to irregular migration data, the size of the Zimbabwean Diaspora remains unknown. Migration statistics is, therefore, an area that requires special emphasis.”
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) chief of mission, Mario Malanca commended Zimbabwe for pledging to fulfil the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration as well as Sustainable Development Goals.
“We, therefore, believe that migration, if well managed can contribute immensely to Zimbabwe’s economic growth and development,” he said.
The National Migration Policy is expected to address important key migration management pillars which include; migration governance, forced displacement, labour migration, diaspora engagement, border governance and irregular migration.
This comes at a time the country’s borders have been reopened since the Covid-19 induced lockdown with human traffic set increase over the festive season.

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