National Conference on Youth Migration report March 2017
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Sudanese Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and in collaboration with the Secretariat of Sudanese Working Abroad (SSWA) organized the first youth conference in Sudan. This event was supported through generous funding from The US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) through the “Addressing Irregular Migration Flows and Upholding Human Rights of Migrants along the North-Eastern African Migration Route and North Africa Project” NOAH III, and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) through the “Enhancing Sudan’sTechnical Capacity on Migration Management Project”.
The conference was organized as part of the wider efforts of IOM Sudan to address youth concerns that drive an increasing number to migrate in search of opportunities in other countries and to better inform them on the risks of irregular migration.
Held on the 13 – 14 March 2017, the National Conference on Youth Migration gathered 150 youth participants coming from 18 states of Sudan. In addition to the youth, political parties, civil society and cultural institutions representatives, the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking (NCCT), COR ( Comission for Refugee),the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Welfare, Media1, and the UK Embassy along with representatives from UN agencies such as UNICEF, and UNDP attended the opening ceremony bringing the total number of participants to 235.
The main idea behind organizing this type of conference was to enable youth and youth institutions to engage and exchange ideas, hence creating a platform for open dialogue to discuss the challenges and drivers of migration as well as to enhance youth knowledge and raising their awareness on the risks of irregular migration.
Both MoYS and IOM intended these discussions to then pave the way towards informing possible youth projects and / or policies related to youth migration. By supporting youth from different states to interact, both MoYS and IOM expected that these interactions would lead to the creation of a Nation Wide Network through which youth can share information.