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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Calls on the International Community for Urgent Action to Find Alternatives to Disembarkation in Libya

The United Nations continues to document abuse, torture, disappearances and dire conditions in Libyan detention centres

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on the international community including the European Union to find an alternative safe disembarkation mechanism for migrants rescued fleeing Libya by boat after roughly 200 migrants were returned to Tripoli, hours after the city's main port was heavily shelled on Tuesday. “Libya…

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First Group of Over 1,400 Stranded Ethiopian Migrants Arrive from Tanzania

The returns are supported by the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa

The costs of dangerous, sometimes lethal passages some irregular migrants make in Africa can be measured in many ways: in currencies, even in lives. Tamrat and Debebe – two young men newly returned to their native Ethiopia – measure their hardships in years.  They’re not alone. In fact, they’re among 463 Ethiopian migrants already…

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    • Last week, over 60 Ghanaians voluntarily returned home from Niger. Photo: Juliane Reissig/IOM
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International Organization for Migration (IOM) Assists over 1,400 Migrants with Voluntary Return to Ghana

The migrants returned from Niger by road, where they were stranded on their way to Libya

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) this week assisted 61 migrants who were stranded in Niger with voluntarily return to Ghana, bringing the total number of assisted Ghanaians to 1,400 since 2017.  The migrants returned from Niger by road, where they were stranded on their way to Libya. Upon arrival in…

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As Boom Turns To Bust, Community Stabilization in Chad Helps Both Host Communities and Migrants

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Governor of Bourkou last week launched the “Human Security and Community Stabilization in Chad” project in Faya

This was once a booming northern border town, supporting thousands of Chadians and Libyans who came to trade, barter or sell their wares.  But with the closing of Chad’s border with Libya last March, boom turned to bust. Access to Libyan markets has practically disappeared for Chadians in Bourkou region,…

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International Organization for Migration (IOM) to scale up support to Promote Stability, Self-Reliance and Resilience of Conflict-Affected and Mobile Populations in Abyei

IOM has had a long-standing presence in Abyei and has supported over 100,000 individuals to date

The Government of the Netherlands has contributed USD 3 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support stability and facilitate conflict resolution in the Abyei Administrative Area, a contested area on the border of Sudan and South Sudan. Due to its status, Abyei has limited government resources for…

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    • Floods in the Central African Republic displaced over 30,000 people in 2019. Photo: Leo Torreton/IOM
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International Organization for Migration (IOM), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) lead Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction in West and Central Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, a combination of conflict, floods, droughts and other natural hazards resulted in a doubling in the total number of new internal displacements over just three years

The number of internally displaced people in West and Central Africa has more than doubled in the past three years driven by climate and environmental change, fast-paced urbanization, population growth and conflict. In sub-Saharan Africa, a combination of conflict, floods, droughts and other natural hazards resulted in a doubling in…

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    • IOM staff in South Sudan prepare clothing and household items for distribution to survivors of the January 22 attack on the town of Kolom that claimed the lives of 33 people and forced thousands of others to flee to neighbouring Abyei town. Photo: IOM 2020
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International Organization for Migration (IOM) Missions in South Sudan and Sudan ramp up Humanitarian Support to families following attacks in Abyei

A rapid interagency assessment conducted on 24 January revealed that nearly 4,000 people fled to Abyei town

At least 33 people, including women and children, were killed and an unknown number wounded during the attack in Kolom, nine kilometres from Abyei town last Wednesday. It is reported that an unknown number of children were abducted during the incident. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life as a consequence of…

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New Cooperation Agreement among East, Horn of Africa States address Overseas Worker Exploitation

Representatives also agreed to form a Regional Ministerial Labour and Social Protection Forum, with a rotational chairmanship

The rescue last week of roughly 100 children and young Ugandan women here as they prepared to fly to United Arab Emirates to labour as domestic workers, reinforces the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) recent assessment that human trafficking has become a menace in East Africa over…

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Over One Million Ethiopians Received Humanitarian Aid from International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2019

IOM provided shelter construction and other emergency items to vulnerable populations, primarily in Somali and Oromia Regional States

Shitaye Assefa, a 65-year-old mother in Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State, knows what it means to live without a reliable supply of water. “Our daughters faced many hardships and attacks on the way to the water pond, which was often dirty and not healthy enough to drink but we had no…

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Weekend Attack an effort to Intimidate Humanitarian Actors

The targeted facility is one of nine humanitarian hubs in Borno managed by International Organization for Migration (IOM)

On 18 January, non-state armed groups stormed a humanitarian facility in Ngala town, some 124 kilometers from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. Although all United Nations humanitarians in the facility – including three IOM staff – were reported safe, an entire section of the facility was burned down as…