The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Economic Commission of West Africa States, ECOWAS have called for urgent need to tackle migration crisis affecting the sub-region and protection of persons of concern.
Both organisations made the call during the opening of the fourth ECOWAS Ambassadors’ retreat on Monday in Uyo with the theme: “Mixed Population flows and durable solutions in the ECOWAS Region”.
The retreat brought together stakeholders and ECOWAS Ambassadors representing Member States to discuss the phenomenon of mixed movement within the sub-region.
The retreat also aims at deliberating on important regional issues and to advocate for the implementation of relevant policies in Member States.
UNHCR’s Regional Representative, Liz Ahua, said that displaced persons in the West Africa sub region presents a new challenge that would only be resolved by a joint action of all.
Also speaking, Jean Kassi Brou, President, ECOWAS Commission, said that the theme of the 2019 retreat was apt given the challenges facing the sub-region with the movement of its citizens to Europe.