South Sudan assisted by IOM and Japan to manage borders

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IOM assists South Sudanese returnees leaving Khartoum by train

The new nation of South Sudan will receive help in managing its borders through a $5.4 million agreement signed this week between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Japan.

The two-year programme will facilitate the building of 16 border posts, construction of an immigration training academy, and development of a national training curriculum on border management.

South Sudan has nearly 5,000 km of borders, and IOM says the country inherited one of the weakest border and migration management regimes after separating from Sudan last year.

Chris Lom is IOM spokesperson in Geneva.

"Currently South Sudan has incredibly little capacity in border management, but it has 19 operational border posts with neighbouring countries, so Ethiopia, Uganda, the DRC (the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Central African Republic and Kenya. And one of the reasons why this is quite important is because it is a major migration route to North Africa and southern Europe from Africa south of the Sahara for irregular migrants. And, of course, there is also a lot of human smuggling and human trafficking."

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IOM says the new project will link the border posts with the capital, Juba, to allow for automated exchange of data and information about travellers.

The disputed border between Sudan and South Sudan will not be included.

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