UN Migration Agency and IOM African Capacity Building Centre enhanced South Sudanese Immigration Officials capacities on passport examination procedures and airport facilitation


Juba - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in partnership with African Capacity Building Centre conducted two sets of training on enhancing capacities of Immigration and Airport facilitation in South Sudan from 2 to 11 October 2017. The trainings were conducted under the EU-funded Better Migration Management (BMM) programme  for the Horn of Africa. The programme aims to improve migration management in the region, and in particular to address the trafficking and smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa.

The first training focused on Passport Examination Procedures, with participation of 12 members of the training unit at the Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Immigration (DNPI). The trainees learnt skills on detection of fraud on travel related documents, including detecting falsified passports. They also discussed how immigration officers can prevent travel related crimes in South Sudan. The acquired knowledge and skills will be used by the trainers in roll out training sessions to their colleagues at the airports and land borders to improve on migration management.

Most of the participants had, in 2016, been trained as trainers by IOM and ACBC through Training of Trainers (ToT) courses. They later trained approximately 100 DNPI officers on border and migration management in 2017. This has resulted in improvement of good practices by immigration officers. For instance, there has been an increase in interception of irregular migrants and inadmissible persons. 

The second training which was conducted over three days focused on Airport facilitation and included 30 people from over ten agencies operating at the Juba International Airport (JIA). During the 3-day training, the participants were trained on Annex 9 of the Convention on the International Civil Aviation which includes International standards and recommended practices for Airport facilitation. The participants also had an opportunity to share information and experiences on improving airport facilitation at JIA through inter-agency cooperation.

“Information sharing among airport agencies is key to prevent insecurities prevailing in the country”, one of the participants said.  One of the facilitators and IOM Immigration and Border Management Training Specialist, Nelson Goncalves, said, “There are many things that you can do now to better manage borders even though new infrastructures and technologies are not yet available.”

IOM South Sudan and ACBC have been supporting the Government of South Sudan in enhancing border and migration management of the country since 2010 through the provision of trainings for government officials and other stakeholders.

The current Better Migration Management project aims to improve migration management in all its aspects including legal frameworks, capacity building for border and migration management, protection of vulnerable migrants and awareness-raising in the Horn of Africa region.  The priority is to strengthen the rights of migrants and protect them better from violence, abuse and exploitation. The aim is to make migration in the region safer.

The two trainings were funded by the European Union (EU) and coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (or German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).

For further information, please contact IOM ACBC:

Nelson Goncalves:   Email: ngoncalves@iom.int Tel: +255 2727 53 488

Isaac Munyae : Email: imunyae@iom.int Tel: +211 9221 23 179

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