IOM, South Sudan Roll out Training for Immigration Officers

Immigration officers complete training on border management in South Sudan. IOM/Shiino 2016.South Sudan – South Sudanese immigration officers working at South Sudan’s airports and border posts took part in two 3-day trainings in Juba 12–19 October.

The training, supported by IOM, aimed to improve border control and increase South Sudanese migration management capacity.

Thirty immigration officers – 10 of them women – from South Sudan’s Directorate for Nationality, Passports and Immigration (DNPI) participated in the roll-out, which was led by DNPI officers who attended a “training of trainers” session at IOM’s Africa Capacity Building Center (ACBC) in September in Moshi, Tanzania.

At ACBC, the trainers learned to operate the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS), which was developed by IOM in 1997. MIDAS has been adopted in 19 countries in Africa and Central and South America. South Sudan began using MIDAS at Juba airport in 2013 and at border posts in 2015.

MIDAS has proved essential to improving the government’s border management processes, including building the capacity of immigration officers and reducing illegal exit and entry through the collection of travelers’ biometric data.

With their MIDAS skills in hand, eight trainers conducted the roll-out course on the installation, administration and maintenance of MIDAS in Juba. Officers participating in the training work at Juba International Airport, the Nimule border crossing with Uganda and immigration offices in Juba.

IOM has conducted MIDAS trainings in Juba since 2011, but the October trainings were the first conducted independently by DNPI officials.

IOM, with support from Japan, has worked with the government since 2012 to build the capacity of the country’s immigration service and operations in line with international standards. Improving border management is particularly crucial following South Sudan’s recent entrance to the East African Community, which brings increased opportunities for trade, but also raises the risk of transnational crime.

For further information, please contact Ashley McLaughlin at IOM South Sudan, Tel: +211 922 405 716, Email: amclaughlin@iom.int.

   

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