Irregular Migration/Trafficking in Human Beings Irregular Migration/Trafficking in Human Beings
Completed Completed

Specific area: IMT - Irregular Migration

Duration: April 2010 - May 2012

Experts involved: France

Security in West Africa is progressively deteriorating with political instability and corruption arising from several countries in the region. This situation has encouraged vast migration flows. The conditions of border posts within West Africa have made document fraud an increasingly occurring event. Few nationals have access to passports or the appropriate exit documents. Hence, irregular migrants are not only irregular once in destination countries but potentially within their country of transit.

It is with this in mind that a number of countries in the region - Senegal, Mali, Gabon, Burkina Faso and Mauritania - have opted to move ahead jointly to strengthen their capacities in tackling document fraud by requesting support from MIEUX in 2010.

Through this action, MIEUX has contributed to the capacity building of staff for the document fraud centres in the partner countries. It has also led to stronger collaboration and information sharing between the different national services, not only between beneficiaries and EU MS providing expertise but also between the five beneficiary countries.