Fate Of Missing Migrants Tops Agenda As Member States and Migration Stakeholders Meet in Tunisia

Public Notice from Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The Director of Diaspora and Migration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Musa Camara led a delegation to the first-ever meeting about missing migrants on the migratory routes of West and North Africa by State and Non-State Actors, held in Tunisia from 24-26 May 2022.

The delegation comprises; Mrs. Fanta Bojang Samateh Manneh, Deputy Permanent Secretary -Ministry of Interior, Mrs. Kumba Jow, Curator of Interstate Estate -Ministry of Justice and Mr. Alasan Senghore, Secretary General of The Gambia Red Cross Society.

The meeting was organized by the International Community of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR.)

Large numbers of migrants go missing on a route through countries of sub-Saharan West Africa, the Sahel, and the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Some may be alive, unable to communicate, others die, on land and at sea. In both cases, their relatives suffer painful uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones.

While an effective effort to address the fate of missing migrants requires regional cooperation along migratory routes, it needs to start with a clarification of the existing national capacities and relevant institutional, legal, and policy frameworks of each concerned State.

To this purpose, a joint approach in the recording of missing migrant cases, search procedures, the recovery, documentation, and identification of unidentified human remains, and the provision of support to concerned families is paramount. Thus, Countries along the migratory routes of West and North Africa and other stakeholders had a 3-day forum to jointly devise strategies to identify challenges and proffer solutions to achieving transnational collaboration amongst the Nation States and other Stakeholders in tracing and recording missing migrants and giving support to their families. The forum centered on what is required to start transnational collaboration, vis-à-vis Regional and Bilateral mechanisms for the search and identification of missing migrants.

Written by the Communication Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad

Source: Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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