First Meeting by High Level Panel on International Migration in Africa pushes migration issues to the top of the policy agenda

The first meeting of the High Level Panel on International Migration in Africa was held Monday in Monrovia, Liberia, at the invitation of the outgoing President, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, who chairs the Panel. The meeting highlighted regional migration priorities and actionable commitments that will lead to the successful implementation of the work plan of the Panel in preparation of the final report in July 2018. Panel participants include the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe. “Poverty is an important driver of migration,” said Adesina. “We must encourage work permits across Africa.”

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