The International Strategic Planning Conference on Migration and Refugees is being held in Nairobi, Kenya from January 20-22. This forum which is organized by the Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network (JENA) in collaboration with the Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS) brings together Jesuits, Collaborators and partners in mission from across the globe.

The objectives of this conference is to: complete the mapping exercise of the Jesuit ministry to refugees in Africa, develop strategies for the coordination of the Jesuit Migrants and Refugees ministries in Africa, develop common change goals for the Euro-Africa Jesuit Migration and Refugees ministries and develop strategies for international institutional collaboration among the Jesuit ministries in Africa and Europe.

On the first day, the Socius of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) Fr John the Baptist Anyeh SJ opened the meeting, welcoming all the participants to Nairobi, on behalf of the JCAM President Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ . The JCAM Justice and Ecology Office Director, Fr Charles Chilufya SJ, then gave a presentation of the JENA Strategic Plan 2019-2023 on Migration, followed by an introductory session of all participants, and also presentations from key note speakers namely: Felleson Mans the Senior Solutions Adviser to the CRRF for UNHCR, Ms. Romina Sta. Clara in charge of Project Development and Liaison at IOM and Simon Marot from the African Union (AU), representing the Youth Advisory Council.

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The sessions that followed included a panel discussion based on the presentations and group discussions.

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