15TH SPECIAL BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON
MIGRATION AND TERRORISM IN WEST AFRICA
WEDNESDAY, 24 TO THURSDAY, 25 JULY 2013
Migration is a fact of human existence that has
spread cultures and civilisations, access to resources, knowledge
and wealth, as human beings have moved from hostile regions and
environments to more habitable and hospitable environments.
Migration, therefore, promotes the development and advancement of
civilisations, the frontiers of knowledge and socio-cultural
interaction, if properly managed. But since the emergence of the
concept of defined national frontiers, there have been several
measures and approaches taken by countries to secure their borders,
and also protect themselves and their resources from outsiders.
Studies have shown that migration will be one of the
biggest issues in socio-political and economic circles for a long
time. Since the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States there
has been renewed debates on migration, as well as national and
international security, which has taken new dimensions with the
emergence of global spread of acts of terrorism.
Transnational crimes such as terrorism, drug
trafficking, smuggling in small arms, human trafficking, credit card
fraud, have become attendant features of migration. The
macro-economic crises that rocked industrialised countries in
Europe, the United States and some African countries have led to
cases of xenophobia, racist and right wing attacks on immigrants,
requiring the introduction of stringent measures to curb migration.
Issues pertaining to immigration are hot political issues in the
However, some of the measures being introduced by
the migrant receiving countries often negate the positive sides of
migration and the philosophy of globalisation in the 21st
century. It also obscures the fact that migrants come from countries
that provide resources to the receiving countries. But above all,
there are issues associated with internal migration and displacement
of people by harsh climatic conditions, especially in Nigeria where
we have witnessed ethno–religious conflicts and settlers vs
indigenes disputes owing to sharing of scarce resources.
Thus, issues that pertain to migration have
international and domestic dimensions, as well as positive and
negative dimensions. It is against this background that the Nigerian
Institute of International Affairs in collaboration with Delphi
Media Consulting Limited are organized a three-day Special
Brainstorming Session on Migration and Terrorism in
West Africa, on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th
July 2013 at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa House, Eagle Square, Abuja.
Nigerian Institute of International Affairs was established in 1961,
with the aim of providing a nursery of ideas on what direction
Nigeria should take on international affairs. Since inception, the
Institute has been organising Conferences, Roundtables and Lectures.
These are aimed at addressing current foreign policy issues and
anticipating others still on the horizon.
Institute is a specialised instrument of foreign policy formulation
in Nigeria. It serves as an intellectual base upon which
decision-makers rely for informed opinion and expert advice in order
to make rational choices between contending policy options.
“NIGERIA BI-LATERAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE,
INDUSTRY AND NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”
DATE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 16TH - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH 2013
VENUE: BOLAJI AKINYEMI AUDITORIUM, NIIA
13/15 KOFO ABAYOMI ROAD, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS
TIME: 9.00 A.M.
Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island,
Box 1727, Lagos, Nigeria