Supporting the African Union with labour migration and free movement

Project description

Title: Support to the African Union on Labour Migration and Free Movement​​​​​​​
Commissioned by​​​​​​​: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by​​​​​​​: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)​​​​​​​
Country​​​​​​​: African Union (AU), selected AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency​​​​​​​: African Union Commission (AUC)​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2022 to 2024


The vision of a united Africa, with free movement of people and increasing economic and political integration, has been a fundamental pan-African idea for decades. In this context, the free movement of people encompasses the right of citizens of one country to enter another country without major restrictions as well as the right to live and work there. The African Union (AU) is promoting the implementation of this vision.

Migration within the African continent is much more prevalent than to Europe or other regions of the world. Intraregional forms of migration, such as seasonal labour migration, are essential for the livelihood of millions of people in Africa.


The implementation of continental migration policy frameworks for labour migration and free movement of people has improved.


The project implements measures in three fields of action:

1) The project supports the strengthening of institutional mechanisms for steering the implementation of the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MFPA). To achieve this, it takes measures to improve inter-departmental coordination within the African Union Commission (AUC) and to monitor the implementation of the MPFA.

2) The project supports the strengthening of cooperation with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Member States to ensure that the MPFA is disseminated and anchored in regional and national policies. It also promotes cooperation with civil society.

3) The project supports the strengthening of technical capacities, especially in the areas of minority group cooperation, labour migration and protective regimes for displaced persons by expanding thematic expertise in policy development, research, workshops, training courses and policy dialogues.

Last update: October 2022

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