Raising Awareness on Border Management in Mauritania

Published Date: 
Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:00

Mauritania - On 6, 8 and 10 December 2018, representatives of the Ministry of Interior and Decentralization, the Police and Gendarmerie and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) visited three provinces in the South and East of Mauritania (Hodh Ech Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi and Assaba) to conduct awareness workshops on border management.  

Hence, awareness was raised among members of the Regional Border Management Committee (Commission Régionale de Gestion des Frontières), established on 10 July 2018 in Nouakchott pursuant to Order No. 0590, to inform them about IOM’s border management activities.  

Participants discussed the progress made in the demarcation of the border between Mauritania and Mali, the available training modules such as trafficking in human beings, human rights, document fraud and migration flow management at the borders, as well as activities related to the engagement of border communities.  

“I highly appreciate the themes and objectives of the workshop, which pave the way for positive co-operation between Mauritania and IOM, thanks to European Union funding,” said Mr Sidi Mohamed Abderrahmane, Head of Unit at the Border Directorate (Direction des frontières).  

At the end of these workshops, the recommendations included the establishment of a national standard emergency response plan translated into Arabic and the setting-up of the final demarcation of the border between Mali and Mauritania.  

These workshops are part of the project: “Strengthening Border Management, Fostering Protection and Reintegration of Migrants in Mauritania,” funded by the European Union under the EU-OIM Joint Initiative.