The Zimbabwean government in conjunction with the European Union (EU) and the International Organistaion for Migration (IOM) have launched the ‘Promoting Migration Governance in Zimbabwe Project’ at the Munhumutapa offices in Harare today.

The project is in response to lack of a common body of principles on international migration and the negative portrayal of migration noted by the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly before adopting the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants.

The declaration set in motion a process of consultations and inter-governmental negotiations that should lead to the adoption of global principles on safe, orderly and regular migration.

The principles are expected to contribute to global governance and international cooperation on migrants and human mobility.

The project takes place in the backdrop of a scenario where over 244 million international migrants and about 740 internal migrants worldwide move around in search of economic opportunity, peace, and security.

The world is witnessing an era of unprecedented human mobility and international migration has risen to the top of the global policy agenda.

As the scale, scope and complexity of migration have grown the need to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility is becoming relevant.

According to experts, realising the benefits and full potential of migration requires planned, well managed and well governed approaches to migration and human mobility.

Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Joey Bimha said Zimbabwe has been grappling with multiple and complex migration issues over the past two decades and is working with the EU and the IOM to promote migration governance.

Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole have been facing various challenges relating to migration including trafficking and illegal border crossings, while many Africans perish in the Mediterranean daily in an effort to seek greener pastures in Europe and North America.