31 December 2012

Liberia: New Border Policy Soon

The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) has established a National Migration Policy aimed at strengthening border security and developing a national migration policy framework among citizens in the West African sub region.

Accordingly, the National Migration Policy Taskforce, chaired by BIN, has technical and administrative assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

A statement from the BIN issued over the weekend says the program will increase skills, knowledge and experience of immigration personnel to effectively manage migration amongst citizens in West African states.

It is meant to also

"promote an enabling migration environment for investment, trade, Liberian Diaspora Concern, and the attainment of national security."

The program will also provide a national framework for facilitating legal and orderly migration as well as providing the basis for effective border management and control.

The program would fast track national responsiveness to international migration instruments such as migration related conventions and protocols from ECOWAS, AU, ILO, amongst others.

"There have been insufficient and ineffective migration dialogues and policies in Liberia, since the founding of the country, which are critical in the current context. As a consequence of sustained peace and stability, the country has experienced growth in foreign investment and entrepreneurial endeavors. The most recent data available suggests that the Liberia's GDP has grown since 2006 and is expected to continue," the statement noted.

Achievement of the program, according to the statement, will mean realization of a planned economic growth and labor migration to boost economic activities.

It will be launched on 17 January 2013 with participants from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Gender and Development, Labor, Commerce & Industry, Internal Affairs, Agriculture, and Health, as well as the Governance Commission, National Investment Commission, Law Reform Commission, Liberia National Bar Association, Liberia Refugee, Repatriation and Resettlement Commission, Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, Child Labor Taskforce, Bureau of Customs & Excise.

Representatives will also come from

non-governmental stakeholders including the International Labor Organization (ILO), UNHCR, UNMIL, UNPOL, and academic institutions, Central Bank of Liberia, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders to be identified throughout the project, the statement said.

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