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06 Oct 2016 description

South Sudan - Nearly three years after conflict erupted in South Sudan, the regional impact of the crisis is rising alarmingly as the number of South Sudanese crossing international borders in search of safety grows each day.

“With daily reports of violence and worsening tensions, a political solution is urgently needed to mitigate the increasing suffering of civilians in South Sudan,” said IOM East Africa Regional Director Jeffrey Labovitz.

01 Jul 2016 description

Assisted Voluntary Returns Peaked at 70,000 in 2015: IOM

Switzerland - IOM assisted 69,540 migrants from 97 host and/or transit countries and 156 countries of origin in 2015, as part of its Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes, according to the newly-released AVRR 2015 Key Highlights report.

03 May 2016 description

Uganda - Japan is providing USD 1.8 million to IOM to help the Ugandan government to improve its border security through an integrated border management approach.

Uganda’s porous borders make it extremely challenging to counter transnational organized crime, including terrorism, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. As a country fully engaged in regional integration, Uganda must also ensure the legitimate cross-border flow of people and goods.

19 Mar 2016 description

Japan - The Japanese Government has allocated a total of 46.8 million funding to support IOM’s operations in assisting vulnerable migrants, displaced persons, refugees, returnees and affected communities in the midst of conflicts and crises continuing in various parts of the world.

More than the half of the amount (USD 25.5 million) has been allocated towards IOM programs in Sub-Saharan Africa including Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

14 Dec 2015 description
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  • 1,104 migrants from 26 different countries have been repatriated since the outbreak of the crisis in July 2014, the majority of them directly out of Tripoli, or via Tunisia. In 2015, 754 migrants have been supported by IOM Tripoli to travel back to their home countries, so far.

  • Since July 2014, 8,132 IDP families and 11,683 migrants have benefitted from the distribution of NFIs and hygiene kits in different parts of Libya, including newly displaced IDPs from Awbari (South) and Warshafana (West) during this month.

30 Oct 2015 description

IOM Launches Updated Response Plan for Mediterranean and Beyond

Switzerland - IOM has released an update to its June 2015 response plan “Addressing Complex Migration Flows in the Mediterranean.” It includes a series of proposed interventions to be implemented through December 2016, some of which are already underway, others are still at the planning stage.

24 Aug 2015 description

Thousands of refugees continue to flee violence and civil unrest in Burundi, since the beginning of April. The inflow of refugees was first witnessed in Republic of Rwanda and, from the end of April/May onwards, increasingly to the United Republic of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Inexorably, the outflow of Burundians to neighbouring countries has dramatically increased. On April 22, UNHCR declared a Level 1 emergency and on May 11, in response to the worsening situation, a Level 2 emergency was declare d and a Regional Refugee Coordinator was appointed.

05 Aug 2015 description


  • ETHIOPIA: In July, IOM relocated a total of 8,058 refugees; 6,083 in Gambella and 1,975 in BenishangulGumuz Region.

  • KENYA: Discussions are ongoing between IOM and UNHCR on the future of jointly moving refugees from the Nadapal border point to Kakuma Refugee Camp.

  • SUDAN: IOM has tracked displacement and has registered 80,120 people as of 26 July.

11 May 2015 description


  • Kenya: Number of arriving refugees drop due to heavy rains.
  • Ethiopia: IOM is on standby to relocate refugees from Nip Nip and Leitchour Refugee camps to Jewii Refugee Camp.
  • South Sudan: IOM, in collaboration with UNMISS, conducted a training for health providers in Bentiu PoC on HIV counselling and testing.

Situation Overview

06 May 2015 description


  • Kenya: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 24,361 refugees

  • South Sudan: Since the beginning of the crisis, over 66,799 households have been supported with Non Food Items, and 2,905 households supported with shelter materials.

Situation Overview

24 Apr 2015 description

Switzerland - In 2013, there were about 198 million malaria cases in the world and an estimated 584,000 deaths from the disease. The countries endemic for malaria are also some of the poorest countries in the world. The burden of malaria on the poor, including migrants and displaced populations in these countries further fuels the cycle of poverty. IOM works with governments and partners, mostly in Africa and Asia, to ensure universal access to health care, including malaria prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment services among migrants and hard-to-reach populations.

20 Apr 2015 description


South Sudan: IOM drills two temporary water points in Bentiu until the drilling of two boreholes by UNICEF is complete.

Kenya: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 24,026 refugees.

Sudan: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has registered 67,404 refugees.

09 Apr 2015 description


South Sudan: In Malakal, 117 children were vaccinated under the routine Expanded Programme on Immunization

Kenya: During this reporting period, IOM provided transportation assistance to 211 refugees from the Nadapal border point to Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Sudan: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has registered 67,287 refugees.

14 Nov 2014 description

Say No to Trafficking: Youth Dialogue on Child Migration in Uganda

Uganda - IOM and the Institute for International Co-operation and Development will tomorrow (15/11) organize a youth dialogue on child migration to raise awareness of child trafficking in Karamoja in Uganda.

11 Nov 2014 description

IOM, Uganda’s Ministry of Health, UNAIDS and the Uganda AIDS Commission last week organized a national consultative meeting on HIV/AIDS response in the country’s fishing communities.

Among the 7.3 per cent of Ugandans between 15 and 49 who are HIV positive, fishing communities have the highest HIV rates at three to five times above the national average. HIV rates among fishermen, 90 per cent of whom are migrants, according to a 2013 IOM study, range from 22 to 40 per cent.