BMM anti-trafficking exhibition - Nairobi

Better Migration Management Programme


The overall objective is to improve migration management in the region, and in particular to curb the trafficking of human beings and the smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn. Tackling this problem only at a national level would simply risk displacing the existing smuggling/trafficking routes: this project will therefore target the entire region, while taking into account country-specific needs and issues.
The programme is co-funded by the BMZ with EUR 6 million

Main objectives

The specific objectives are:
(I) To support national authorities to develop, enact and eventually implement policies, laws, institutional frameworks and procedures for better migration and border management, including on the fight against trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants, in accordance with the relevant international conventions and standards9, and promoting harmonisation and exchange of best practices in these areas.
(II) To strengthen the capacity of all institutions and agencies responsible for migration and border management (such as front-line officials, law enforcement officers, or judicial bodies) notably by training and technical assistance, by improving procedures for investigating and prosecuting cases of trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants; by improving data collection and promoting sharing of information; by supplying government offices and border management posts with essential tools and equipment, and possibly with infrastructure development; by promoting improved coordination between different institutions and agencies involved.
(III) To identify, assist and provide protection for victims of trafficking in human beings and vulnerable smuggled migrants, especially women and children and other vulnerable groups.
(IV) To raise awareness of the dangers of irregular migration and the benefits of alternative options.

EUTF contribution
EUR 40 000 000
Improved migration management
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This action in numbers

Number of people assisted to develop economic income-generating activities
Number of Institutions (National and local) and Non-State actors directly supported through capacity building on migration management
6 425
Number of migrants, or potential migrants, reached out by information campaign on migration and risks linked to irregular migration
Number of voluntary returns or humanitarian repatriation supported
7 340
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted
Number of border stations supported to strengthen border control
Number of social infrastructure built or rehabilitated
1 600
Number of individuals trained on migration management
Number of activities/events explicitly dedicated to raising awareness and sensitivity of general public regarding migration
Number of Institutions and non-state actors benefitting from capacity building and operational support on security, border management, CVE, conflict prevention, protection of civilian populations and human rights
Number of cross-border cooperation initiatives created / launched or supported
Number of strategies, policies and plans developed and / or directly supported
Number of planning, monitoring, learning, data-collection and analysis tools set up, implemented and / or strengthened
Number of staff from governmental institutions, internal security forces and relevant non-state actors trained on security, border management, CVE, conflict prevention, protection of civilian populations and human rights
Number of returning migrants benefiting from reintegration assistance


News & Stories

NEWS | 25 September 2018

Mobile clinic and first-aid training: Have a look at how the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme is protecting migrants in Djibouti and Sudan

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The Better Migration Management (BMM) programme is protecting migrants and providing them with better medical care. The programme is funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa by the...

13 participants from Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sudan attended with support of BMM at the seminar in Italy
NEWS | 25 September 2018

Officials from Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan attend training on human trafficking: "We established a network from the region which may be a starting point for future regional cooperation"

Thirteen participants from Kenyan, Ethiopian, and Sudanese police and investigation agencies attended a two-week course in Italy on “Trafficking in Human Beings”. On this occasion, Colonel Hamid Abdelshakor from Sudan said that "the training was a platform to showcase our work in this field and an opportunity to create a...

NEWS | 17 September 2018

IOM training for trainers in the Horn of Africa: teaching health professionals to better identify and aid victims of human trafficking

A young woman enters a local health clinic; her hands filled with blisters. She is accompanied by what, at first sight, seems to be a caring family member who will not leave her out of sight. While this could be an everyday situation, there is more to it than meets...

Members of the Kenyan delegation observe handmade products made by victims of trafficking as part of vocational training at the shelter
NEWS | 10 September 2018

On the way to opening its first state-run shelter for victims of human trafficking, Kenyan officials visit Jordan in search of best practices

When victims of human trafficking are rescued there is an immediate need to place them in a safe location, where they have a chance to heal and reintegrate into society. In Kenya, most temporary shelters are run by non-governmental organizations, with limited financial and human resources, unable to take in...