Intra-Regional Forum on Migration in Africa

Established in 2015


The Intra-Regional Forum on Migration in Africa (IRFMA or the Pan-African Forum) aims to promote and deepen inter-state dialogue and intra/inter-regional cooperation on migration.  It is a platform to inform, inspire and motivate the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), RCPs and other regional inter-state consultation mechanisms on migration in Africa at both the national and regional levels for cross-fertilization and to bring each other up to speed, as each of the current five RCPs in Africa are at varying ages and stages of evolution. 

IRFMA provides a platform for African regional institutions and partners to share information on current migration trends, patterns and dynamics, newly emerging issues and reliable migration data at the national, regional and continental level in order to find durable solutions to the migration challenges in Africa.  Its objective is to enhance capacities of the Africa regional frameworks on migration to facilitate intra-regional migration and human mobility, free movement of persons and integrated border management through sharing of knowledge, information, good practices, experiences and lessons learnt. 

IRFMA assesses the status of implementation of the Protocols on free movement of persons of the RECs across Africa, and evaluates the visa issuance regimes of African countries in order to facilitate the implementation of continent-wide visa free regimes.  IRFMA deliberates on the African regional processes towards the implementation of the AU decisions, including the Common African Position on migration and development. 

The Kigali Roundtable on Intra-Regional Migration and Labour Mobility within Africa of March 2015 contributed to the implementation of the AU Assembly Declaration on Migration adopted at its 25th Ordinary Session in Johannesburg in June, 2015.

The first Pan-African forum on migration held in Accra provided inputs towards the preparation of the Africa-EU Summit on Migration in Valletta, Malta in November, 2015.  It also assessed the progress made in the inception phase of the Regional Joint Labour Migration Programme (JLMP, programme by the AU, ILO, IOM and UNECA) and its way forward.  The Second Forum, the Lusaka Forum contributed to enhancing capacities of the African Institutions to facilitate intra-regional migration, human mobility and free movement of goods and services through improved integrated border management in response to AU Decisions, Policies and Declarations on Migration and Development in Africa.

Current Focus

migration governance in Africa
regional integration in Africa
Facilitated Free Movement of Persons in Africa
Facilitated trade in Africa
integrated border management in Africa
visa regimes in Africa
combatting irregular migration in Africa


Arab Maghreb Union (UMA)

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA),

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa RCP (COMESA-RCP),

Community of Sahel-Saharan State (CEN-SAD),

East African Community (EAC),

Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS),

Migration Dialogue for Central Africa (MIDCAS)

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA)

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD),

Intergovernmental Authority on Development RCP (IGAD-RCP)

Southern African Development Community (SADC),

Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA)

African Union Commission

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)


Technical secretariat is under development. IOM Headquarters provides secretariat support to the IRFMA. 



To be developed

Contact Information

International Organization for Migration

Mr Charles Kwenin, Senior Regional Adviser for Africa (SSA)

17 route des Morillons, Grand-Saconnex

Geneva, CH-1211, Switzerland

Tel: +41794067244,



Recent Meetings

Lusaka Forum “Fostering Regional Integration: Facilitating Trade and Human Mobility through Enhanced Border Management”, May 4 – 6, 2016, Lusaka, Zambia.

The 1st Joint Annual Forum for Intra-Regional Consultations of African Regional Frameworks on Migration (Accra Forum) “Enhancing Capacities of Africa Regional Frameworks on Migration to Facilitate Intra-Regional Labour Mobility, Free Movement of Persons and Integrated Border Management”, September 16-18, 2015, Accra, Ghana.

Kigali Roundtable on Intra-Regional Migration and Labour Mobility within Africa, March 23-25, 2015, Kigali, Rwanda

Related Links


Principal Documents

African Union Executive Council Decision (EX.CL/Dec.305 (IX) of 2006

African Union Assembly Declaration on Migration (Assembly/AU/Decl.6 (XXV)) of June 2015

Common Africa Position on migration

Recommendations for Labour Mobility and Free Movement of People in Africa