Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA)


Type: Regional consultative process on migration (region covered: West Africa)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Established: 2001

The Migration Dialogue for West Africa or MIDWA was designed as a platform to encourage the Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to discuss in a regional context such common migration issues and concerns for which immediate solutions may not be forthcoming on a national level. 

Current Thematic Focus
Specific areas of MIDWA’s discussion include:

  • Migration data and statistics
  • Border management
  • Combatting trans-border organized crime (human trafficking and migrant smuggling)
  • Return and reintegration
  • Free movement, professional mobility and student exchange
  • Protection of migrants’ rights
  • Irregular migration and mixed flows
  • Diaspora, West African communities

Member States (15 States)

Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
Ivory Coast
Sierra Leone

Member Organizations (1 organization)
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Current Chair: Niger
Past Chairs: Nigeria, TogoLiberia

Observer States (2 States)


Observer Organizations (3 Organizations)
African Union Commission
European Commission
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The Steering Committee, with due regard to the above considerations may invite on an ad hoc basis relevant United Nations agencies, other international and regional, organizations, institutions and affiliates to participate as Observers for a related meeting. 

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).

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)

Regional secretariat
The Regional Secretariat was created within the ECOWAS Commission in January 2017.  It is chaired by the ECOWAS Free Movement Directorate.  IOM provides technical support.

ECOWAS National Committees in Charge of Migration ensure the liaison between the MIDWA and the national actors in charge of migration.

Contact Information
Mr Albert Siaw-Boateng
Director, Free Movement and Tourism Directorate
Abuja Nigeria
E-mail: info@fmmwestafrica.com

To be developed


August 20 - 22, 2019, Lome, Togo, Experts and Ministerial Meetings
November 28, 2018 Abuja, Nigeria, MIDWA Secretariat Meeting
August 29, 2018 Abuja, MIDWA Secretariat Meeting
July 17-19, 2018 Abuja, Nigeria, MIDWA Thematic Working Groups (Return and Reintegration, Migration Data, Border Management)
June 19, 2018 Abuja, Nigeria, MIDWA Secretariat Meeting
June 7-8, 2018 Abuja, Nigeria, MIDWA (ad hoc) Experts’ Group Meeting for the Revision of the Draft Regional Migration Policy
May 30-June 1, 2018, Saly, Senegal, MIDWA Mixed Migration Working Group
March 29, 2018 Abuja, Nigeria, MIDWA Secretariat Meeting
February 14-15, 2018, Abuja, Nigeria, MIDWA Migration Data Working Group (extraordinary) Meeting
February 2, 2018, Abuja, Nigeria, MIDWA Secretariat Meeting
May 25-26, 2017, TWG Migration Data final report and Action Plan
August 30-31, 2017, TWG Return and Reintegration final report and Action Plan
August 1-2, 2017, TWG Border Management final report and Action Plan
September 13-14, 2017, MIDWA Ministerial meeting
September 12, 2017, MIDWA Steering Committee final report
August 23-25, 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Ministerial and Experts Meeting: "The Impact of Free Movement and the Challenges of Migration" – Concept Note, Press Release
August 25, 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Ministerial Meeting – Agenda, Final Report
August 23-24, 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Experts Meeting – Agenda, Final Report
February 18, 2016, Dakar, Senegal, Steering Committee
October 9, 2015, Nouakchott, Mauritania, Ministerial Level Meeting
October 6-8, 2015, Nouakchott, Mauritania, Experts Meeting “Irregular migration: challenges and solutions”
May 6-8, 2014, Accra, Ghana, Expert Meeting and Ministerial Meeting
July 2012, Conference focusing on internal organizational and governance matters
May 4-6, 2010, Accra, Ghana, Protecting People on the Move in the ECOWAS Space, vol II, for Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
April 7-9, 2010, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Protecting People on the Move in the ECOWAS Space – regional training workshop on protection of vulnerable persons in mixed migration flows for governmental and civil society representatives from Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo