Migration Governance in Senegal: ABI Dissemination Event
On the 26th November, Leonie Jegen, researcher at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, presented preliminary findings on The Political Economy of Migration Governance in Senegal at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in Dakar.
The presentation of the preliminary results was preceded by an introductory word of Thomas Maetting, Director of the FES regional office, and Thomas Wixler, vice Ambassador to the Embassy of Germany. Wixler highlighted the importance of legal pathways and promoted the newly concluded Skilled Immigration Act whose implementation the GIZ run Centre for Migration, Return and Reintegration would support.
Following the presentation, Prof Sakho of the University of Cheikh Anta Diop discussed the findings of the study, stressing the importance external actors have on the fragmentation of migration governance and questions of ownership. The dissemination event was concluded with an expert panel moderated by Mamadou Mignane Diouf, Coordinator of the Senegalese Social Forum. Participants were Mamadou Abdoulaye Mebengue, Executive Secretary and Coordinator of the Migration Section of the Senegalese NGO Enda Diapol, Lanfian Diane, who coordinated the elaboration of Senegal’s national migration policy based at the Ministry of Plan and Fambaye Ndioye Thiob, representative of the CARISM labor union, focusing on migrant rights in her work.
The event was concluded with the opening of the debate to the public, about 30 – 40 including representatives from national and international NGOs, governments, research institutions and unionists.