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International Organization for Migration (IOM) responds to devastating Cyclone Idai with shelter materials and more

Mozambique’s government estimates that some 400,000 are internally displaced at this time and has declared a state of emergency

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has responded to the deadly Cyclone Idai, which has taken over 500 lives across Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. “A week after the cyclone we’re starting to grasp the scope and complexity of the challenges facing the governments and peoples of these three nations,” said…

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    • IOM hands over IT equipment to the governor of Makamba province, Burundi at Mugina border post. Photo: IOM
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Humanitarian Border Management Between Burundi, Tanzania Bolstered by Technology

In Burundi, IOM is partnering with the government to carry out capacity-building activities related to migration management

This week (20-21/03) the International Organization for Migration (IOM) donated information technology equipment to the Government of Burundi to improve humanitarian border management (HBM) involving significant migratory flows between Burundi and Tanzania. IOM also rehabilitated electrical systems at Mugina and Gisuru border posts, in Makamba and Ruyigi provinces respectively, The…

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Private Sector Joins IOM to Enhance Skills of Gambian Returnees

On Tuesday 19 March 2019, the trainees formally graduated from their three-month training in construction, carpentry, electronics, mechanics, plumbing, tailoring, welding and many other sectors

Abba Wollow left The Gambia in 2016 with hopes of reaching Europe. “I left The Gambia because the small garage I was working on was not enough to support my family,” he explained. “I left to find something better for them.” Instead his journey ended in Libya, where he stayed…

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IOM, Partners Discuss Climate Change and Migration at UN Environment Assembly 

On Friday (15/03) experts and activists gathered during the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to discuss the complex nexus between climate change and migration

Climatic factors are a major driver of migration, with the World Bank estimating that some 143 million people could be internally displaced in only three regions (Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America) by 2050, as result of climate change. On Friday (15/03) experts and activists gathered during the fourth…

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Study Highlights Need for Free Movement of Labour in East Africa

The comparative study assesses migration patterns and policy issues in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania – four of the six EAC countries

A new study has urged member countries of the East African Community (EAC) to adopt labour migration policies based on international best practices, improve data management and boost the operationalization of One Stop Border Posts. The comparative study assesses migration patterns and policy issues in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and the United…

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Sierra Leone: First Network of Journalists to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Earlier this month, 27 journalists from community and national radio stations in Sierra Leone established a unique kind of national network against trafficking in persons (TiP) in the country

Sierra Leone has been wracked by violence, civil war and Ebola in its recent history. Poverty is endemic. So is a high level of joblessness. Both feed a scourge: trafficking in forced labour. “More than half of the youth population is unemployed so when an exciting offer, especially to go…

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Reopening of Community Market Brings Hope to Locals in North-East Nigeria

The market was badly damaged as a result of the protracted conflict with non-state armed groups in north-east Nigeria and remained unused for many years

On 10 March, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reopened a rehabilitated community market in Gwoza, Nigeria. 142 Gwoza residents participated in the rehabilitation of the market as part of a cash for work initiative aimed at strengthening the local economy through income opportunities and providing motivation for conflict affected individuals to invest in their…

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Peace Strategy Aims to Tackle Internal Displacements in Ethiopia

Last week, the newly established Ministry of Peace collaborated with United Nations (UN) agencies to launch a national process for the development of an inclusive peacebuilding strategy

Ethiopia’s reformist government is demonstrating that establishing sustainable peace is a long-term process. It needs constant nurturing – more so as the country has one of Africa’s largest populations of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assumed office in April 2018, much has changed in the country.…

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IOM Director-General Extends Condolences after Plane Crash Claims IOM and UN Staff

The Director-General is deeply saddened to learn of today's tragic Ethiopian Airlines accident which claimed the lives of all 157 aboard, including a young IOM staff member Anne-Katrin Feigl

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for IOM’s Director-General António Vitorino: The Director-General is deeply saddened to learn of today's tragic Ethiopian Airlines accident which claimed the lives of all 157 aboard, including a young IOM staff member Anne-Katrin Feigl. Ms Feigl, a German national, was en…

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International Organization for Migration (IOM) Commits to Enhanced Gender Sensitivity at Sudan’s Second Migrant Resource Centre

The opening of the new Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) was closely coordinated with the State Ministry of Health and Social Development, IOM’s main governmental counterpart in Gedarif

A newly opened drop-in centre for migrants in Sudan will pay special attention to the needs of vulnerable women and ensure they receive gender-sensitive protection and assistance. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) runs several migrant resource centres (MRCs) in the Horn of Africa, with the newest being inaugurated this week. The MRC in…