WELL managed programmes to control migration can minimise the impact the phenomenon has on the broader development agenda of member states of the Southern African Development Community.
The Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Frans Kapofi, during the official opening of the Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) Conference held in Windhoek said in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende, that the main purpose of the conference was to discuss migration within the dimensions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals which is also included in the provisions of the Global Impact of Migration and the linkages between the two.
“The existing regional frameworks on migration and the terms of delivery with respect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Impact of Migration would be analysed and discussed. Various tools and approaches supporting the implementation and monitoring of migration related targets and objectives would also be discussed and presented.”
Hinda-Mbuende said that based on the panorama of previous sessions, participants would work together to identify key priority areas for the SADC region in terms of migration governance in context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Compact on migration.
The participants were charged to discuss the key issues facing the SADC and to make recommendation to the Ministers for discussion.
Hinda-Mbuende said the delegates would have a busy three days as all the listed topics would surely generate interesting debates that should lead to everyone finding common solutions to the daily challenges in the management of migration and its complexities.
She noted that in the world we live in today it is characterised by the increasing mobility of goods, services, financial resources as well as people and thus international migration continues to grow and has prompted interesting debates everywhere in the world.
“In some instances resources have been spent to manage it and others attempted to curb it all together. That did not help as the number of people on the move has never decreased. All they could do as migration management practitioners is to find the best ways of managing such movements. This is not an easy task but it is the task that falls on everyone attending to manage for the benefit of humanity.”
Hinda-Mbuende reminded all the delegates that the success of the conference depended on everyone’s good work and she implored all to ensure that all items were thoroughly discussed and consensus in common good of all member states be arrived at.