The Centre for Migration Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (CMS-NAU) was commissioned on the 28th of August, 2018 by the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI). The commissioning was one of the activities of the Sensitization Programme on the Dangers of Irregular Migration organized by the School of Postgraduate Studies of the University.
In the period from commissioning till date, the Centre has recorded a number of developments. These include:
The Centre has been appointed member of the National Technical Working Group (TWG) on Migration and Development in Nigeria. 5th November, 2018;
The Centre has been appointed as research partner in the research project on the “Perception of Intending and Returnee Migrants from Delta, Edo, Imo and Lagos States.” The Perception Survey is a Research Project of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS);
The Centre was invited and participated in a 2-day Preparatory Meeting of the TWG for the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) and Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) organized by NCFRMI in collaboration with IOM within the framework of the European Union (EU) funded project “EUTF-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: Nigeria”. 15th – 16th November, 2018. Abuja
The Centre was invited and participated in a 3-day Workshop on the Validation of the Action Plan of the National Migration Policy organized by NCFRMI in collaboration with IOM within the framework of the European Union (EU) funded project “EUTF-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: Nigeria” 26th – 28th November, 2018. Lagos
The Centre was invited and participated in the 4th National Migration Dialogue (NMD) on the theme: “Realizing Sustainable Development Goals for All including Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs) organized by NCFRMI. 17th December, 2018. Abuja
The Centre has submitted a Proposal to IOM for organizing State-wide Sensitization Events on the Dangers of Irregular Migration in Anambra State;
In December, 2018, the Centre submitted application to Carnegie Foundation for Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows to assist in program development for the Centre starting, April, 2019;
The Centre is planning an international conference for December, 2019 with the Pan African Collaboration for Excellence (PACE) of the University of Alberta, Canada.
It is our vision and desire to work together with all persons and organizations committed to addressing the issues of human migration from the fundamental position of the absolute value of the human person and from the comprehensive perspective of migration as a natural and global current that could and should be harnessed for the good of all humanity.
The Centre for Migration Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University will be greatly pleased to collaborate with your organization for comprehensive understanding of the multiple currents and dimensions of migration in order to encourage regular migration, discourage irregular migration, forestall the conditions that degenerate to forced migration and displacement of persons and generally harness the potentials that abound in human migration.