Migration Response Centres: East and Horn of Africa - Annual Overview 2019
Migration Response Centers (MRCs) are situated along key migration routes, where they fill critical gaps by providing direct assistance, including food and temporary shelter, information and service referrals to migrants on the move. Working collaboratively, MRCs bring together key partners to facilitate the identification of migrants in vulnerable situations, and ensure that they receive appropriate, immediate and longer-term support. Five MRCs are currently operational in the Horn of Africa: Hargeisa and Bosasso since 2009, Djibouti since 2011 and Semera and Metema since 2014. In August 2019, following a request from the Government of Ethiopia, IOM extended MRC services to two temporary sites in Dire Dawa and in Togochale. The services provided by each MRC and each temporary site vary based on location and needs.