A) Educative Dialogues
i) Dialogue with youth in Alexandria on “Illegal Migration Risks and Alternatives”.The National Coordinating Committee on Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration NCCPIM held a Seminar in coordination with Alexandria’s Governorate on “Illegal Migration Risks and Alternatives”. The event comes among a series of seminars NCCPIM is holding as a part of its awareness raising efforts and its national campaign launched last year in the Egyptian governorates entitled “Egypt is your future”. Ambassador Naela Gabr Chairperson of the NCCPIM inaugurated the event joined by Doctor Souad Elkholy Deputy Governor. It was attended by The NCCPIM representatives from the ministers of Defense, Interior, Youth and Sports, Local development, Awqaf in addition to The Social Fund For Development and a number of youth.
Recommendations of the seminar:
1-The prompt ratification of the draft law on “Combatting Illegal migration and smuggling of migrants” to avoid smugglers impunity and enable harshening the sentences in order to decrease the phenomena.
2-The use of social media to raise the awareness of youth on the risks of illegal migration.
3-Training of youth to acquire the needed skills which enable them to enter the labor market on the national and international levels.
4-Encouraging legal migration.
ii) Dialogue on illegal migration dangers and the alternative opportunities with the directors of youth centers in Giza Center of Civil Education – Giza 28 April 2015
Recommendations of the seminar:
1-30 directors of youth centers in Giza Governorate participated in this seminar
2-Discussion of the Economic, Social and ethical dimensions of the problem, examination of the various solutions in the short and long term and alternatives opportunities to illegal migration.
B) Intercommunicative Workshops
i) Organization of capacity building workshops for supporting groups that play a significant role in endorsing NCCPIM mandate. Up to now, NCCPIM organized workshops for diplomats, Media professionals, Civil Society and prosecutors. In addition, NCCPIM participated in almost 20 national and international event dealing with illegal migration during 2014/2015.
ii) The National Coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration (NCCPIM), in cooperation with IOM Egypt, organized a workshop for 25 senior government officials from 24 to 25 May 2016 on international, regional and national law governing migration. “This workshop is a continuation of IOM’s support to and cooperation with the Egyptian Government in the field of international migration law, which is the framework for strengthening effective migration governance and management structures,” highlighted IOM Head of Office Amr Taha. Following this workshop, a reference guide capturing the findings of the legal analysis and recommendations of this workshop will be presented to NCCPIM to provide a comprehensive overview of international and regional commitments. At the closing session of the workshop, Ambassador Naela Gabr Chairperson of the NCCPIM reiterated the Committee’s readiness to work in cooperation with IOM Egypt to enhance the effectiveness of migration management.
iii) Workshop on Drafting Methodology for a National Strategy to Prevent and Combat Illegal Migration The National Coordinating Committee on Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration (NCCPIM) held a workshop on the 1st and 2nd of February 2016 on “The Methodology of Drafting a National Strategy to Prevent and Combat Illegal Migration”. The workshop was attended by all NCCPIM members, The workshop aimed at providing a scientific basis and a reference point for formulating the national Committee’s strategy on Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration. The development of the strategy will constitute the main axis of operation for the Committee during the coming months in light of the successful implementation of the first action plan 2014/2015, Highly qualified Egyptian experts in Strategic planning directed the workshop that was held with an interactive and participatory approach. Committee members were encourage to interact and discuss the basic elements needed to draft a national strategic plan on combating illegal migration, The workshop succeeded in helping participants reaching a common understanding and created a consensus on the need to control illegal migration through economic, social and cultural development. It was an opportunity for consultations on the defining elements of strength and weakness that need to be developed in order to reach the National Committee objectives. Discussions helped at pointing out to the different opportunities that need to be developed and the challenges that need to be thoroughly tackled while preparing the national strategic plan. Ambassador Naela Gabr, Chairperson of the National Committee stated that the Egyptian National Strategy for Development 2030 will represent the framework guiding NCCPIM while formulating its National Strategy to Combat Illegal Migration.
iv) The National Coordinating Committee on Preventing and Combating Illegal Migration (NCCPIM ) organized in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) a 2 days workshop on 29-30 September on the International Legal Framework for Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMCs). Ambassador Naela Gabr Chairperson of NCCPIM, joined by Ambassador James Moran Head of European Union Delegation to Egypt, Doctor Hala AbuAli secretary general of The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood and Mr. Amr Taha Head of Office of IOM in Egypt, inaugurated the workshop. The workshop was attended by NCCPIM representatives from the ministries of Defense, Interior, Justice, Emigration and Egyptians Abroad, in addition to The Social Fund For Development, The State Information Service, the National Center for Social and Criminological Studies, The National Council Of Human Rights and The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood. Representatives of UNICEF, IOM office in Rome and The Italian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs were also present. An expert of International Migration Law reviewed the Legal international Framework for Combatting Migration of unaccompanied children. The representative of IOM Office in Rome as well as experts from United Kingdom presented the experience of Italy and UK respectively in monitoring, recording and dealing with unaccompanied children upon arrival, The UNICEF representative reviewed the children protection system in accordance to the Egyptian child law and the role of child protection committees.
v) The International Organization for Migration IOM and the National Coordinating Committee on Preventing and Combating Illegal Migration (NCCPIM) conducted a workshop on International Migration Law (IML) in Cairo. The three-day workshop took place from the 29th of September to the 1st of October. Legal experts from IOM headquarters in Geneva were joined by national Egyptian experts in facilitating the event, The event explored national, regional and international legal frameworks on migration, with the objective to support the NCCPIM in the development of Egyptian policies and a draft law to address this increasing global, regional as well as national problem, which affects Egyptians and foreigners alike. The NCCPIM was established in March 2014, through a prime ministerial decree. It is headed by Former Egyptian Ambassador H.E. Naela Gabr. The Committee’s main mandate is to draft comprehensive policies and a draft law on preventing and combating irregular migration as well as an action plan for its implementation. The workshop discussed also the responsibilities and obligations of state towards migrants, while taking into account national sovereignty and migrants rights, Workshop participants presented the best forms of national, regional and international cooperation to tackle and prevent irregular migration in an effort to ensure that no more lives are lost while migrating, and perpetrators of trafficking in human beings are duly punished, Participants included Senior National Experts representing Egypt’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Defense, Justice, Youth and Sports; in addition to the National Coordinating Committee to Prevent Trafficking in Persons, the National Center for Social and Criminal Studies, the National Council for Human Rights, the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, State Information Services, the Radio and TV Union, as well as the Center of Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Egypt in Cairo.
C) Media Enlightenment
i) Engagement with the Media to address the issue of illegal migration more comprehensively. In This regard, NCCPIM has conducted an analysis of the way the local media is addressing the issue of illegal migration in order to identify the gaps and best approaches to be adopted in this field. NCCPIM also sponsored a radio Show titled “Youth and the Unknown”, and is currently working on producing a TV Show to tackle the issue of illegal migration from all its aspects.
ii) Launching of a direct dialogue with the Egyptian Youth through field visits to the governorates exporting high flows of illegal migrants. The field visits are organized under the umbrella of a campaign entitled “Egypt is your future” that NCCPIM has launched to raise the awareness of youth on the risks of illegal migration as well as the alternatives they can rely on to improve their social and economic conditions (i.e. Job opportunities, loans for micro and small enterprises). TO date, NCCPIM has organized 5 visits to Giza, BeniSuef, Alexandria, Kalubeya, and Luxor. Visits shall continue under the same campaign to include the governorates the study show they are with high rates of potential illegal migrants.
iii) Organization of capacity building workshops for supporting groups that play a significant role in endorsing NCCPIM mandate. Up to now, NCCPIM organized workshops for diplomats, Media professionals, Civil Society and prosecutors. In addition, NCCPIM participated in almost 20 national and international event dealing with illegal migration during 2014/2015.
iv) The National Conference on strengthening the protection systems for children exposed to danger of irregular migration Intervention of Ambassador Naela Gabr – AU Horn of Africa Initiative on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in the Horn of Africa – Third Senior official
The Media Coverage of Illegal Migration:“Challenges and Alternatives” The National Coordinating Committee on Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration NCCPIM, in cooperation with the Radio and T.V. Union and the International Organization of Migration IOM, held a seminar on May 24th, 2015 targeting Media Professionals to discuss best approaches for Media to cover illegal migration. or Naela Gabr Chairperson of the national committee inaugurated the Seminar, The Seminar resulted into a number of recommendations among which:
1.Maintaining direct interaction with youth, especially through the media.
2.Including Illegal Migration in Drama.
3.Reinforcing the spirit of allegiance or belonging among the students through the educational curricula and activities as well as Media Shows.
4.Highlighting the successful stories of youth as models to be followed.
5.Including illegal migration in various talk shows with high rates of audience.
v) Meeting with the youth in Beni Suef.The National Coordinating Committee on Combating and Preventing Illegal Migratio NCCPIM held a Seminar in Beni Suef on the 29th of May 2015 on “Risks and Alternatives for Illegal Migration”attended by Counsellor Mohamed Selim, Governor of Beni Suef. The meeting presents one of a series of Seminars NCCPIM is organizing in different Egyptian governorates to raise the awareness of youth on the risks and consequences of illegal migration, as well as the available solutions provided by different national entities in the form of job creation, training or financing small enterprises. Ambassador Naela Gabr, Chairperson of the National Committee mentioned that facing unemployment can contribute to minimize the risks of illegal migration as it represents a main pushing factor for youth to proceed in such an adventure. She highlighted the efforts deployed by the government to create job opportunities, and to support micro and small enterprises. She called for concerted efforts of all parties to maximize such opportunities, thus protecting youth from the exploitation of smugglers’ networks. Simultaneously. She appealed for upholding the value of decent work as the main track for success.