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Frightened Residents brace as Cyclone Eloise approaches Mozambique

Eloise is expected to make landfall in Beira late Friday or early Saturday

Roughly 160 International Organization for Migration (IOM) staff in central Mozambique are working to prepare local communities for the imminent arrival of Cyclone Eloise, which is currently packing winds of at least 150 km/h. “The people are scared,” said Cesaltino Vilanculo, an IOM Mobile team leader in the provincial capital Beira, who…

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IOM Somalia supports new ‘telemedicine’ enhancement for migrants and host communities

This new project unveiled by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Somalia is part of a continuing effort to address this health care delivery shortage

Somalia’s health system has been in a severely weakened state for decades due to conflict and humanitarian crises which have led to the displacement of more than 2.6 million Somalis.    Moreover, frontline healthcare workers fighting against COVID-19 and other threats of epidemic potential often have limited expertise and experience treating…

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Coronavirus - Libya: COVID-19 Mobility Tracking

This fourth report based on the periodic data collection aims at providing evidence and analysis to facilitate a better understanding of the socio-economic impact of COVID-19

OVERVIEW Between July and September 2020 the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Libya increased exponentially (from below 900 by end of June to over 34,500 cases by end of September) as community transmission continued to affect larger number of people. Simultaneously a corresponding negative socio-economic impact related to various…

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Coronavirus: 99 Stranded Sierra Leoneans Return from Niger

The returnees were forced to wait over half a year in a transit centre in Agadez because of border closures related to COVID-19

After being stranded for six months, 99 Sierra Leoneans yesterday returned home from Niger via a flight chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with support from the European Union. The returnees were forced to wait over half a year in a transit centre in Agadez because of border closures related…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Reunited with Their Families in Ethiopia by International Organization for Migration (IOM)

So far in 2020, hundreds of child migrants who have returned to Ethiopia due to COVID-19 are being reunited with their families with the help of IOM

The issue of unaccompanied migrant children in Ethiopia has been a challenge for the authorities, and the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on just how serious a problem it is. Over 8,300 unaccompanied migrant children have returned to Ethiopia mainly from Gulf countries over the last three years.  So…

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Coronavirus: International Organization for Migration (IOM), European Union and the Government of Ethiopia strengthen Partnership to support migrants during COVID-19

The European Union is among IOM’s major donors supporting the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration program

With the European Union’s (EU) revitalized commitment to a single cohesive migration policy as set out in its new Pact on Migration and Asylum, a high-level delegation from the European Union visited Ethiopia for a dialogue with the Government of Ethiopia (GoE), IOM Ethiopia and migrants. The delegation was led…

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Stranded Malawian Migrants receive support to voluntarily return home from Mozambique

Due to difficulty of making a living during COVID-19 period, they decided to return and reunite with family members, however the return trip was more complex than expected

Stranded in southern Mozambique after crossing the South Africa border, 52 Malawian migrants received support from IOM to voluntarily return home over the past six days. Travelling to Malawi by bus from South Africa to the Mozambique border, the vulnerable migrants, in separate groups, were all stopped in the area…

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Coronavirus: International Organization for Migration (IOM), Government of Ethiopia provide Cash Grants to thousands of migrants returning due to COVID-19

Nearly 34,000 migrants have returned to Ethiopia since the outbreak of COVID-19

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Ethiopia to strengthen return and reintegration assistance to thousands of Ethiopian migrants returning home due to COVID-19. This is particularly crucial as the pandemic continues to deepen the already challenging economic and social situation…

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Immediate action required to address needs, vulnerabilities of 2.75 Million stranded migrants

For the purposes of the report, stranded migrants are defined as individuals outside of their country of habitual residence

Effective international cooperation is urgently needed to address the circumstances of millions of migrants stranded worldwide due to mobility restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration said today. A three-month-long COVID-19 Impact on Migrants (read here) effort by IOM’s Returns Task Force reveals for the first…

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International Migration within Africa nearly doubled between 2008 and 2017: Report

The population of Africa increased to 1.2 billion in 2017, from 944 million in 2008, which is an average annual growth rate of 2.8 per cent

The movement of people between countries within Africa is the defining feature of migration on the continent a new, 10-year study of migration has concluded. The second edition of the Report on Labour Migration Statistics in Africa (2017), released by the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa on 29 September, reveals…