Khartoum – (Zuleikha Abdul Raziq – Khalda Elyas) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) praised Sudan’s efforts in managing the migration file, particularly in the
areas of illegal immigration and human trafficking
Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy praised the initiative of the Secretariat of Sudanese Working Abroad (SSWA) to establish Sudan Center for Migration Studies, pledging to find the best ways to upgrade the center to a regional one and to provide the necessary support to carry out its duties in the preparation of studies, research and capacity building.
This came during the meeting of IOM Director-General with the SSWA Secretary-General, Dr. Karrar Al-Tuhami here on Monday.
Lacy said that the visit comes within the framework of standing up and recognizing the efforts of the SSWA in managing the immigration affairs and then discussing the joint cooperation and coordination between the IOM and SSWA and finding partners and donors to integrate the Sudanese returnees in the community and draw up joint plans and roadmap for accomplishing those tasks.
For his part, Al-Tuhami expressed his hope that the visit represents a strong support for cooperation and joint coordination between the two bodies, stressing the urgent need for further work on aspects of reintegration and capacity-building, reviewing the achievements of SSWA during the last period.
On the other hand, IOM Director met with the Head of the National Committee against Human Trafficking, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice, Maulana Ahmed Abbas Al-Razam, where the meeting discussed mutual cooperation and how to find practical solutions to prevent and reduce the growing phenomenon of human trafficking.
Al-Razam said that the committee has carried out many positive projects that would deal with human trafficking activities, pointing out to the efforts exerted by the committee and the authorities to confront the said phenomenon.
For his part, IOM Director praised the serious steps taken by the national committee to combat human trafficking in Sudan, calling on the Sudanese authorities to support the committee and allocate a specific budget for it, stressing that this will be a strong motivation for donors to increase their financial contributions towards Sudan.