Twenty police officers capacitated to draft border security policy

South Sudan's Nimule border

International Organization for Migration has trained South Sudan National Police Service in the capital Juba to drafted a cross-border security strategy policy to regulated people’s movement.

The move is to improve human trafficking and illegal border crossing between Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.

Some migrants are often exposed to violence, enslavement, and exploitation.

One-day consultation strategy training was initiated by UN Migration Agency (IOM) and South Sudan police.

Different stakeholders, including government officials, migrants, humanitarian actors, and expert groups, participated in the events.

IOM South Sudan’s Chief of Mission Peter Van Der Auweraert said, “the general purpose of border management is to ensure the duly authorized, legitimate, safe, secure and efficient cross-border movement or transit of people, goods, conveyances, services, and capital.”

It is critical to consider the current context and foresee the benefits of well-managed borders for South Sudanese and migrants”.

Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Germany Janika Walter stated, “border officials play the main role in facilitating migration, identifying victims of trafficking, assisting them, and initiating investigations against the traffickers.”

She emphasized that border management and border security strategy contribute to improved cross-border relations not only with neighboring countries.

But also facilitate cross-border collaboration to address transnational organized crimes, foster economic cooperation, peaceful and organized neighborhoods.

The Inspector-General of Police, who has not been named, appreciated the support from IOM, the European Union, and the Government of Germany and requested that the partners double their efforts in solidifying peace and services delivery to South Sudanese.

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