22 January 2013

West Africa: BIN Launches Movement Policy

The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) has officially launched the National Migration Policy Development process. The policy seeks to achieve three important processes and procedures that include promoting an enabling and predictable environment for the investment, trade and commerce without compromising national security, integrity and environment.

It also provides a framework to facilitate legal and orderly cross-border and third country movements, while vigorously protecting the country's national borders from penetration or infiltration by undesirable persons, goods and services. Lastly, it would develop a national responsiveness to migration-related regional integration need which has to do with free movement protocol of ECOWAS.

Speaking before the launch of the policy, the Commissioner of BIN Cllr. Abla Gadegbeku Williams told the audience that officers of BIN directly responsible for immigration will not only be given the tools to ensure that those steps are the hallmark of their duties, but that they, like everyone will be required to adjust and conform to these new measures.

Cllr. Williams disclosed that the government has never had a National Migration Policy document and so it was prudent at this time that the BIN will achieve its goal by remaining vigilant in the protection of the country's interest and security.

The BIN Boss however lauded the Migration Policy Task Force and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for their professional collaboration and technical support during this development process of the policy.

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