IOM South Sudan Migration Management Unit 2019 | Quarter 3 Report

National Consultations on the Global Compact for Migration – South Sudan

The adoption of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) in December 2018 mandates the United Nations to support member states in building their capacities to enhance migration management. The national consultation on the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) was held in Juba, South Sudan on 25 September 2019. The consultation brought together stakeholders from government, civil society organizations (CSOs), human rights organizations, media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, and agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations.

The aim of the consultation meeting was to introduce the stakeholders to the GCM and to take stock of where we stand in our efforts to foster safe and orderly migration and to increase collaboration among all relevant actors in order to better manage migration in the region.

In his opening remarks the Minister of Interior Hon Lt Gen Michael Chienjiek Gaey emphasized the importance of creating a conducive environment for migrants.

He continued to note that it is the duty of the sitting government to provide migrants with an enabling environment to integrate into South Sudanese society. However, finding the right balance remains a challenge as most migrants still find it hard to integrate. The Minister of Interior took responsibility for pushing the Migration Policy through the necessary political processes for adoption by parliament.

A representative from the European Union (EU) delegation in South Sudan highlighted that the EU’s work on migration aims to make migration better for everyone involved and thus, an important element of a migration policy is that the receiving population is consulted and does not feel that it is imposed on them from above.

Therefore, success in implementing the migration policy is in the quality of migration management. To achieve this, the EU will support South Sudan in training and equipping partners with the right skills to better address migration challenges, and to ensure it can assist vulnerable migrants and refugees.

In conclusion of the consultative forum the following key issues were agreed upon:

1. Additional funding is required to implement the Migration Policy; and

2. Training is required to build the information management capacities of database staff according to international best practices. Capacity building will ensure availability of harmonized data, allowing for better resource mobilization.

Accurate and representative migration data collection and analysis is important for policy decision making as it highlights migration trends and changing characteristics in the movement of persons, such as increase in vulnerabilities to human trafficking, and increased inflows of investors to promote sustainable growth.

Source: International Organization for Migration