The International Organization for Migration in West Africa: Why Its Role is Getting More Contested

Trauner, Florian, Jegen, Leonie, Adam, Ilke and Roos, Christof (2019). The International Organization for Migration in West Africa: Why Its Role is Getting More Contested. UNU-CRIS Policy Brief. UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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  • Subtitle Policy Brief
    Sub-type Policy brief
    Author Trauner, Florian
    Jegen, Leonie
    Adam, Ilke
    Roos, Christof
    Editor Johnson, Rory
    Title The International Organization for Migration in West Africa: Why Its Role is Getting More Contested
    Series Title UNU-CRIS Policy Brief
    Volume/Issue No. 2019/3
    Publication Date 2019
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Pages 11
    Language eng
    Abstract This Policy Brief elaborates on the changing role of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in West Africa. In the wake of the ‘migration crisis’ of 2015 and 2016, the European Union (EU) has paid increasing attention to this African region, with the IOM implementing many of the new EU-funded projects. Building upon extensive fieldwork and research interviews in Dakar, Brussels and Accra, this policy brief demonstrates that the IOM has considerably extended its activities across the region, notably in areas such as capacity building and assisted voluntary return programs. However, this upgrade has brought about several challenges. African actors have started to contest IOM activities, notably if viewed to be biased in favor of European priorities. The policy brief concludes with a range of policy recommendations on how to enhance local ownership and better balance donor and African interests.
    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2019
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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