Ms. Tuesday Reitano from Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, talked about illicit human smuggling, trafficking and refugees to Europe. . Photo: RNE/JBJ
Migration Seminar in Addis Ababa
Last updated: 05.02.2016 //
On February 3-4, The Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted a migration seminar, where Norwegian Embassies from Africa North of the equator, The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and external guests attended. Migration and refugees coming from Africa to Europe constitute a great challenge, and the aim of the seminar was to discuss how Norway, including Norwegian embassies in relevant countries, can work on this together in the best possible way.
The main objective of the seminar was, inter alia, to follow up and operationalize the obligations and ambitions in the Valletta Action Plan, as well as key Norwegian policy guidelines and priorities in this field. Topics of discussion were illicit smuggling and irregular migration, cooperation with relevant partners such as EU and AU, returns, and the use of development in addressing the root causes of migration.
Ms. Tuesday Reitano from Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, talked about illicit human smuggling, trafficking and refugees to Europe. The global network for refugees traveling to Europe is huge, and she pointed out that Norway and the embassies should have concrete and specific plans on how to work on this. Ms. Maria Temesvari, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), gave a presentation about UNODC’s Assistance to Combat Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants. Further, Mr. Ron Hendrix and Ms. Birgitte Hagelund from the EU-delegation to AU and Ethiopia, respectively, briefed the participants on EUs key policies and programmes related to migration. Finally, Mr. Philip Bob Jusu from the African Union Commission’s (AUC) Department for Social Affairs presented the AUC’s activities and ambitions.
The migration seminar prompted good discussions and recommendations on how the embassies and other relevant parts of Norwegian authorities can work further on the migration situation, both in Africa and in Norway.