December 19th 2017, Khartoum, Sudan - The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security and IOM, the UN Migration Agency signed a 4,300,000 NOK (526, 058 USD) Agreement to fund the one year Phase IV of the "Enhancing Protection and Improving Knowledge on the Risks of Irregular Migration in Sudan" Project. This Project will continue to contribute to enhancing the protection of migrants by increasing their access to services and promoting alternatives to irregular migration.
IOM has been working on this Project with the generous funding support of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for over three years now. This Agreement marks the fourth Phase of the Project that is implemented through the Migrant Resource and Response Centre (MRRC), established under the project in 2015 in Khartoum, a transit city for mixed migration flows. The MRRC is the first of its kind in Sudan and provides migrants with access to a range of services in one location. Relying on a community engagement approach, the MRRC provides migrants with information and counselling on risks of irregular migration, medical assistance and psychosocial support, and assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) to from Sudan to countries of origin.
In the Signing ceremony held on Thursday December 14th, Ms. Christina Eikeland, Deputy Head of Mission and Chargée d’Affaires a.i., stated that "It is important for vulnerable and stranded migrants to have a place to go for to seek medical and psychosocial support and to get assistance to return to their home countries if they want to. The MRRC gives them that. Norway is happy to be able to support the MRRC for the fourth year in a row."
IOM Sudan’s Officer in Charge Norberto Celestino expressed his appreciation to this continued partnership and stated that "This Project is important because it addresses the unique and challenging migration environment in Sudan; a country with mixed migration flows, limited regular migration opportunities and numerous migration management challenges. With limited opportunities for regular migration, migrants are using irregular means to reach their final destinations, exposing themselves to the risks that this implies."
The Project will continue to be implemented in close partnership and coordination with Sudan’s Ministry of Interior, Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, UNFPA, local service providers and NGOs for referrals.
For further information, please contact Veera JANSA at IOM Sudan, Tel.:+ +249 9 22406649 Email: email@example.com