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Communique on Endorsement of the Protocol of Free Movement of Persons

The new agreement – the IGAD Free Movement Protocol – was endorsed by all seven Member States of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Khartoum on 26 February. The Protocol follows years of negotiations and consultations. It marks a significant step in addressing the protection gap for growing numbers of people worldwide displaced by disasters, who often do not qualify for refugee status or other forms of international protection.

The IGAD Protocol’s protection for people affected by disasters and climate change is broad. It facilitates entry and lawful stay for those who have been displaced. It also allows those at risk of displacement to move pre-emptively as a way of avoiding, or mitigating, the impacts of a disaster.

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  • Themes:Governance, Human Mobility
  • Countries/Regions:Africa

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/70641

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