Migration Study to assist the Council - DC

Migration Study to assist the Council - DC

District Commissioner (DC) for Ntcheu, Francis Matewere has commended the Migration Study done by Save the Children which was intended to understand issues and challenges that children face during internal migration.

He made the remarks Monday during the study dissemination and consultative meeting in the district.

Matewere said child migration was a big issue and needs some intervention.

"This dissemination of study findings on unsafe child migration will help the council and partners to find solutions and strategize on interventions that can be integrated into development programming," the DC said.

Save the Children’s Senior Technical Advisor on Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations, John Chipeta said the issue of migrant children raises a number of concerns among others bordering on the safety and protection of the children and the vulnerabilities they face in such situations.

He said being a child-centered organization, Save the Children was compelled to establish drivers of such trends in a bid to explore ways of dealing with the issue.

"The idea was to stimulate policy dialogue among key stakeholders in exploring existing gaps that exacerbate vulnerabilities and possible solutions to address them," Chipeta said.

He said the study involved a qualitative research design implemented in Dedza, Kasungu, and Lilongwe districts.

Chief Labour Officer, Francis Kwenda said the issue of unsafe migration is taking place every day.

He hailed Save the Children for disseminating the study findings and disclosed that the Ministry was currently developing a migration policy that seek to address the problem in the country.