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31 Jan 2017 description

South Africa - A group of 147 Ethiopian migrants detained in Zambian jails for between one and five years returned home last week, with the help of IOM.

The migrants, who included 11 children, started their journeys at different times over the course of 2011 and 2015. Most of them were headed for South Africa, where they were hoping to find employment and join family members already living and working there.

13 Dec 2016 description

Mozambique - Over the last decade, countries in Southern Africa have been hit by recurrent and frequent floods, droughts and strong cyclones, which have resulted in the displacement of people in both urban and rural areas.

Severe flooding in 2015 led to the displacement of thousands of people in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar, while drought in Namibia prompted the country to declare a state of emergency in 2016. Such environmental emergencies require timely and effective interventions in order to prevent massive internal and cross-border displacements of people.

30 Sep 2016 description

South Africa - IOM will today sign a cooperation agreement with the Royal Dutch Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, to provide funding worth EUR11.1 million for a four-year project dealing with sexual and reproductive health in migration-affected areas of southern Africa.

07 Sep 2016 description

FOREWORD

With the implementation of the first year of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2015–2018 strategy, for the IOM programing cycle, we are delighted to share with you the highlights of our development work in Zimbabwe.

05 Jul 2016 description

On this issue

  • Ethiopian Migrant Children Return Home from Zambia

  • IOM Bolsters Efforts in Support of Ethiopia’s Newly Enforced Overseas Employment Proclamation (923/2016)

  • Community Conversation Facilitators Training Conducted in Jimma Zone

  • 74 stranded Ethiopian migrants return from Tanzania

  • African Union Meets for AU‐Horn of Africa Counter Trafficking Initiative

  • Migration Hotline Operator: “There are Alternative Solutions”

01 Jul 2016 description

Ethiopia - IOM has helped 39 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Zambia en route to South Africa to return home. The migrants included 24 adults and 15 unaccompanied minors, who were intercepted by the Zambian authorities and gaoled for illegal entry.

The migrants were promised an easy journey and well-paid jobs in South Africa by their smugglers. “I left Ethiopia to go to South Africa in the hope of getting a good job that paid well to send money to my family back home,” said Bahiru* (*name changed).

24 Jun 2016 description

Zambia - At least 19 Ethiopians suffocated and died in a containerized truck that was carrying 95 Ethiopians from Tanzania into Zambia.

“The discovery of 19 bodies of those who died in the containerised truck is devastating,” said Abibatou Wane, IOM Zambia Chief of Mission.

17 Jun 2016 description

Niger - IOM notes the shocking discovery this week of the remains of 34 migrants near the Algeria-Niger border which brings to 471 the number of deaths and disappearances recorded on the African continent this year by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project.

10 Jun 2016 description

Ethiopia - IOM has helped 14 unaccompanied child migrants stranded in Zambia to voluntarily return home to Ethiopia.

The children were intercepted by Zambian police while attempting to cross into South Africa and were detained for several months. After their release, they remained stranded in Zambia, unable to return home due to lack of money.

Aged between 12 and 17, the children were lured to leave Ethiopia by smugglers promising attractive work opportunities in South Africa. These promises turned out to be little more than a scam to extort money from their families.

02 Oct 2015 description

Zambia - IOM and the Government of Zambia have launched HIV investment strategic plans for three border districts in the country aimed at guiding the national response to “A Nation Free from the Threat of HIV”.

The three districts (Sesheke, Kazungula and Chililabombwe) serve as gateways into the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

07 Nov 2014 description

Angola - IOM Angola this week organized a three-day workshop on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) for 25 disaster management officials from Angola’s Civil Protection Service and Ministry of Social Assistance.

The aim of the workshop was to explore how to address the displacement of people by natural disasters; the roles and responsibilities in managing a camp; the protection of the most vulnerable; the participation of communities; and recovery strategies and solutions for displaced people, in line with international CCCM standards.

28 Oct 2014 description

Zambia - IOM Zambia, with support from the IOM Development Fund, is building the capacity of the Zambia Prisons Service to protect the rights of migrants in detention.

Estimates indicate that Zambian prisons currently host more than 260 men, women and children who are detained on a broad range of immigration-related offenses.

08 Jul 2014 description

IOM has welcomed the decision of Ministers of Health from Malaria-Endemic Countries in Southern Africa this week to adopt the Victoria Falls Declaration, in which they commit to eliminate and expand malaria control to hard-to-reach migrant and mobile communities.

06 Jun 2014 description
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Regional Strategy for Southern Africa - English version

IOM Strategy Responds to Complex Migration Challenges in Southern Africa

Southern Africa experiences all types of movements such as mixed and irregular migration, labour migration and forced migration, including displacement due to conflict and natural disasters. These migration flows involve over four million economically active persons, and an additional unspecified number of undocumented migrants, including many vulnerable populations such as women and children.

04 Apr 2014 description

Angola - IOM Angola has received USD 1 million from the Government of Japan to facilitate the safe voluntary return of at least 1,950 Angolans from neighbouring countries to their places of origin in Angola.

The nine-month project will be implemented in close coordination with IOM offices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Zambia, and in close partnership with the Angolan government, UNHCR and other local and provincial stakeholders.

08 Nov 2013 description

(Pretoria, 08 November 2013): A groundbreaking study into the threats likely to confront southern African communities over the next decade has been released. Titled Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, the study identifies regional and global factors that may impact the lives and livelihoods of southern Africans and, as importantly, the available capacities to address these challenges.

16 Jul 2013 description

The European Commission has contributed EUR 2 million to IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF to support a programme to combat human trafficking and exploitation among some 10,000 child migrants and asylum seekers in Zambia.

The three-year programme builds on the existing efforts of the government of Zambia and UN agencies to address vulnerability and increase protection for children and other persons of concern at high risk of trafficking and exploitation because of their migration status.

16 Feb 2012 description

Angola - En partenariat avec le HCR, l'OIM a repris, depuis le 20 janvier 2012, les opérations d'aide au retour volontaire de 53 370 réfugiés angolais qui doivent être rapatriés cette année, sur 176 000 personnes toujours présentes en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), en Zambie, en Namibie, en République du Congo et au Botswana, près de 10 ans après la fin de la guerre civile en Angola.

14 Feb 2012 description

IOM, in partnership with UNHCR, has resumed, since January 20th, 2012, the provision of voluntary return assistance to 53,370 Angolan refugees scheduled to be repatriated this year, out of 176, 000 persons still in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia, Namibia, Republic of Congo and Botswana, almost ten years since the end of the civil war in Angola.