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
Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Eritrea, Djibouti
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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 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 | 12 October 2018

GIZ trains police and legal officers to better identify and protect victims of trafficking in Sudan

Witnesses are essential for the success or failure of a case. When it comes to human trafficking, most of the victims are migrants who travel irregularly, without visa or papers, in search of a better job and life. Those that receive much-needed assistance and protection are more likely to cooperate with law enforcement, which can bring their perpetrators to justice.

Riaw Gatlier Gai, Deputy Minister for Interior, officially opens the IOM-hosted consultation on South Sudan's migration policy.
NEWS | 12 October 2018

IOM: Supporting South Sudan in developing its first ever Migration Policy

Last week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) hosted a three-day consultation with key Government stakeholders to set priorities for the development of South Sudan's migration policy; the first such policy in the young country’s history.

This consultative workshop was made possible through funding from the Better Migration Management Programme...

Madagascar's Minister of Defence, General Xavier Béni Rasolofonirina at the BMM Maritime Security Conference. In the back: IOM Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa, Mr Jeffrey Labovtiz
NEWS | 03 October 2018

Representatives from East, Horn and Southern Africa discuss priority actions for regional maritime security

95% of all trade in the regions of East, Horn and Southern Africa goes through seaports and other maritime routes. Due to this high amount of incoming traffic, ports across Africa are vulnerable to transnational crime and smuggling. In this context, thirty-five national experts in the field of migration management...

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...