An effective migration governance legal framework entails the existence of national laws and policies that are consistent with the constitution and on the basis of rights and obligations established by international treaties and conventions related to migration. This is particularly crucial for countries such as Zimbabwe that hosts different categories of migrants and whose population has also emigrated to other countries across the world.
The global and regional migration discourse has been changing at great speed, hence the call for an assessment of the extent to which existing migration laws in Zimbabwe are in conformity with the new Constitution and international treaties and conventions.
To address these challenges, there is a need to assess the extent to which the migration governance legal framework is consistent with the Constitution and migration-related international treaties and conventions. It is through such an assessment that appropriate recommendations can be made to strengthen the country’s migration governance legal framework.
It is against this background that IOM, with funding from the European Union, supported a gap analysis for a migration law review to make recommendations for legislative framework that responds to current migration trends and international obligations for enhanced protection of migrants’ rights.