Established 2001


The Migration Dialogue for West Africa or MIDWA Process was designed to encourage the ECOWAS Member States to discuss common migration issues and concerns in a regional context for which immediate solutions may not be forthcoming on a national level.

Current Focus

  • Border management;
  • Data collection;
  • Labour migration;
  • Irregular migration;
  • Development;
  • Remittances;
  • Migrants' rights;
  • Trafficking and smuggling; and  
  • Return and reintegration.

Thematic Working Groups (TWG)
(i) Border management and cross-border crime (TWG Chair: Mali)
(ii) Diaspora, West African communities and/or nationals (TWG Chair: Ivory Coast)
(iii) Professional mobility and student exchange (TWG Chair: Ghana)
(iv) Climate change, land degradation, desertification, environment and migration (TWG Chair: Burkina Faso)
(v) Migration statistics and data (TWG Chair: Nigeria)
(vi) Return, readmission and reintegration (TWG Chair: Niger)
(vii) Cooperation and partnership (TWG Chair: Senegal)

Participating States (15)
Current Chair: Liberia

Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
Côte d'Ivoire
Sierra Leone

Observer States
France, Switzerland

Observer Organizations

MIDWA Steering Committee
Comprises representatives of 9 Member States (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea, Cabo Verde, Mauritania) and 4 Observers (European Union, the International Organization for Migration, the Swiss Government and ECOWAS)

The National Committees in charge of Migration in ECOWAS Member States have been invited by the MIDWA secretariat to provide national perspective on critical issues of regional concern.  In return the MIDWA Secretariat will support national committees in discussing at the higher level issues related to migration that cannot be solve only within the national context.

MIDWA Secretariat

The functions of the Regional Secretariat ad interim are covered by the ECOWAS Directorate of Free Movement and Tourism.  Other directorates participate as needed and depending on the topic discussed.  The Secretariat meets in Abuja monthly since 2017. 

IOM provides support, in consultation with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). 

Recent Meetings

    Previous Meetings

    Contact Information

    IOM focal point for MIDWA
    Stephane  Rostiaux
    Spécialiste régional urgence et post-crise
    International Organization for Migration
    Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, Senegal