Ivory Coast and Germany join forces against irregular immigration

Songon- CAte d’Ivoire and the Federal Republic of Germany have consolidated their partnership on the issue of the fight against irregular immigration, by launching the second phase of the information campaign and sensitization against irregular immigration.

To carry out this awareness campaign, Germany offered Friday, in Abidjan, during a ceremony, the sum of 250,000 euros, or 162,500,000 CFA francs to influence the curve of this plague.

“Awareness and information are key elements to change things,” said the charge d’affaires at the German Embassy in CAte d’Ivoire, Alexandre Callegaro.

He reminded that Chancellor Angela Merkel and her administration set up as a priority initiative to control this phenomenon, hence their strong financial implication to support local initiatives in relation to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

“This fight against irregular immigration, we must win together with our partners,” said Ivory Coast General Director Issiaka Konate.

He praised the importance of the partnership between CAte d’Ivoire and the Federal Republic of Germany, which will provide solutions to this phenomenon, which continues to make waves.

The second phase of this campaign will last seven months in the localities of Abidjan, Bouake, Daloa and Korhogo.

The operational plan does not fundamentally change because it will focus on community awareness, with the strong involvement of women. Awareness will be relayed on social networks to reach the masses.

The great novelty of this campaign is the involvement of returning migrants, said Joelle Furer, IOM member.

For his part, Marina Schramm, IOM Country Director Jacopo Carbonari, stressed that cooperation on this issue is essential to achieve the goals of informing and raising awareness about the dangers of immigration, irregular as we see it in the Mediterranean and especially to offer potential candidates at the start of alternative solutions (job creation, guarantee of a better-being).

Representing Minister Ally Coulibaly in charge of African Integration and Ivorians from outside, his Director of Cabinet Diamoutene Zie Alassane thanked Germany and IOM for all the efforts made on the ground and which will be reinforced with this second phase.

The Federal Republic of Germany is the largest donor of the trust fund of the European Union, up to 35 percent, to handle this thorny issue on the old continent, we learned.

Source: Ghana News Agency