Ethiopia: Ministry of Justice, IOM Sign Agreement That Scales Up Cooperation to Strategic Partnership

Addis Ababa — Ministry of Justice and International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed today an agreement which would enable them to scale up their existing cooperation to a strategic partnership.

The cooperation agreement was signed between Justice State Minister Alemante Agidew and IOM Chief of Mission to Ethiopia Abibatou Wane.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief of Mission Wane said the agreement will facilitate efficient and effective coordination and collaboration between the two organizations.

“We live in a world on the move with migration seen as an adaptation strategy in the context of changing circumstances and challenges posed by poverty, conflict and natural disasters, among others.”

And some migration corridors are more challenging than others for migrants as well as for authorities, he noted.

Ethiopia is a migration origin, transit, and destination country. “Every year, close to 150,000 laborers migrate to the Middle East, while thousands of others are engaging on the southern route or towards Europe.”

The chief pointed out that the scale and complexity of contemporary human mobility in Ethiopia requires effective management of the social, economic, political, developmental, environmental, and humanitarian factors underpinning migration.

According to him, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE), in partnership with IOM Ethiopia, has taken significant strides towards establishing the required migration governance system to ensure well-governed migration.