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
40 000 000 €
Improved migration management
Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Eritrea, Djibouti
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This action in numbers

Number of Institutions (National and local) and Non-State actors directly supported through capacity building on migration management
Number of returning migrants benefiting from reintegration packages
Number of voluntary returns or humanitarian repatriation supported
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted
Number of victims of trafficking, assisted or referred to assistance services


News & Stories

"Discussing the new curriculum" - @Walter Milkwa/Kenya School of Government (KSG)
NEWS | 27 April 2018

Flagship diploma on migration management will start 2018 in Kenya

In Nairobi, the set-up of the post-graduate diploma on migration studies takes concrete shape. In February 2018, the first curriculum development workshop for the flagship course of the envisioned Kenya Institute of Migration Studies took place. Representatives from the Kenya School of Government, the Department of Immigration, University of...

EU Ambassador to Djibouti Adam Kulach speaking at the “Regional Conference on the Protection of Child Migrants in the Horn of Africa”, Djibouti, 12 & 13 March 2018
NEWS | 29 March 2018

Child migrants need protection

Children are affected by migration in different ways: they are left behind by migrant parents; they are brought along by their migrating parents; and they migrate alone, independent of parents or other adult guardians. According to UNICEF in 2016, 44 million children were living in forced displacement, either internally or...

NEWS | 28 March 2018

Inauguration d’une clinique au centre d’orientation et d’assistance de l’OIM à Obock

Un nouveau centre médical a été inauguré le 18 mars dans le cadre du programme pour une meilleure gestion des migrations (BMM), financé par l’Union européenne et le ministère fédéral allemand de la Coopération Economique et du Développement (BMZ).

L’ambassadeur de l’Union européenne, Adam Kulach a insisté sur la volonté du gouvernement djiboutien à fournir...

NEWS | 09 March 2018

First Aid for migrants in Sudan saves lives

More than 100 officials from customs and immigration in Sudan have been trained in First Aid up to February 2018. As first responders, these officials are now able to better provide migrants with immediate assistance and medical help in often precarious situations. Especially irregular migrants face numerous challenges on their...