A National campaign on prevention, against irregular migration and documentary frauds in Cameroon held April 1st 2016 in Kumba, chief town, Meme Division.
Speaking at the event, Jean Francois, liaison from the immigration office of the Belgian Ministry of the interior decried the lack of focus as a key cause of illegal migration. According to him, a prospective migrant with a well defined ‘project’ will be a win-win for all parties; home country, migrant and migrant country.
On his part, the moderator, Ngalim Eugene, President of Cameroon Youths and Students Forum for Peace (CAMYOSFOP) emphasized on the need to ‘do it right, for it is 100 times more beneficial.’ He continued to add that ‘illegal documents are bad for they stamp a bad reputation not just on the perpetrator but worst on the country.
Standing fast on the irreplaceable role of Civil Society (CS) in such a momentous fight, Jaba Wose CEO and Founder of Farming and Animal Husbandry Project (FAHP) Cameroon, called on CSO to gird their loins and advocate against illegal migration in Cameroon, which as one participant highlighted is partly and indirectly influenced by faulty government structures and officials at fault.
‘Whether through legal routes with illegal documents or through illegal routes with illegal documents, the ingredient of cause is fundamental in combating illegal migration in Cameroon’ – Martin Elonge, CEO/Founder at BRIK Cameroon. Going further, this participant explained that if the communication aspect of migration – an almost forgotten factor, is reconsidered and given more attention, then in many ways, much difference could be made.
Capping discussions at the seminar, Yves Challa of SMIC remains positive that with more educative and dedicated engagements like this, there is bound to be a turn- around from the wrong mindset on migration. The organizer encouraged all present to learn from the resourceful contribution of Mr. Fonkem, a participant who shared his invaluable experience on illegal migration.
What goes wrong with fake documents: when caught, like you would! You are repatriated, jailed, banned for 10 years from travelling to a particular country and other member states e.g EU, Schengen countries… etc
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