Sierra Leone appears at the bottom of the UN Human Development Index and is classified as one of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC). After a long civil war, lack of economic development opportunities, poor socio-economic conditions and working environments, low wages and unemployment spur on emigration. As such, migration management emerges as a national security concern, but also as one of the country’s challenges in its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (previous to the Sustainable Development Goals).
In 2012, the Sierra Leonean Immigration Department requested support from MIEUX to provide capacity building aiming to strenghten their migration management capabilities. Overall, this Action contributed to a knowledge exchange from EU administration and national authorities. It has also supported the finalisation and implementation of the National Migration Policy legislation.