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IOM DG Addresses Global Conference on Public Health

IOM - News - Ven, 02/03/2017 - 10:56
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Thailand - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing yesterday (2/2) told an audience of over 900 health policy leaders in Bangkok that inclusive health systems must fully address the needs of migrants and refugees.

He was speaking at the 11th annual Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC), which was this year co-hosted by IOM and 17 other international organizations. The theme of the conference was:  Addressing the Health of Vulnerable Populations for an Inclusive Society.

 “We live in a world at odds with itself, with a higher degree of anti-migrant sentiment at any time in living memory. But, at the same time, we have more people forced to move,” he noted.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand delivered the opening address at the conference and Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen delivered a keynote speech. “To neglect the health of some while others enjoy healthcare is a sure way to perpetuate social injustice,” he said.

Participants at the conference included stakeholders from government, intergovernmental organizations, academe and civil society.

Discussions focused on the risks faced by often-excluded groups. A common theme raised was the social, economic, and political barriers hindering these groups from accessing affordable, quality healthcare. Key to social inclusion is universal health coverage (UHC), with many using Thailand as an example of having one of the most inclusive healthcare programs in the world.

IOM, the Asian Development Bank and the Joint UN Initiative for Migration and Health in Asia (JUNIMA) co-organized a side meeting on Monday, 30 January, to tackle the importance of health and security among migrant and mobile populations in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region.

In coordination with stakeholders working in the region, delegates discussed existing mechanisms, effective practices, challenges, and current research in responding to health security threats, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.

Watch related video here: http://bit.ly/2kZWFju.

For further information, please contact Montira Inkochasan at IOM Asia-Pacific in Bangkok, Tel: +66 2 343 9416, Email: minkochasan@iom.int.

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IOM, US, ECOWAS Target Displacement in West and Central Africa

IOM - News - Ven, 02/03/2017 - 10:56
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Senegal - The United States, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and IOM last week launched a series of trainings on migration data collection, information management and displacement management in West and Central Africa.

The first training of the series was held in Sierra Leone and was attended by 15 members of the government, as well as participants from the Office of National Security, the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, Save the Children, and the Sierra Leone Police. The remaining four trainings will take place over the coming weeks in Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Cabo Verde – all of which play a crucial role as origin and/or transit countries.

In West Africa, migration is a key driver of economic and social development. However, it can be the consequence of poverty, extreme violence, conflict and natural disasters. Reinforcing states’ capacities to prepare for emergencies and to manage and recover from forced displacement is extremely important. The training series aims to build the national capacity of governments to address emergency preparedness and response, including forced displacement, through information and displacement management.

The trainings are being carried out by ECOWAS and IOM, in close collaboration with the authorities of the participating countries. They include workshops on data collection methodologies and tools, capacity building in data analysis, reporting and protection mainstreaming in line with international standards.

“Throughout the week, participants have strengthened their knowledge in displacement and information management. I believe that they are now in a stronger position to anticipate and respond to emergency situations involving population displacement,” said Juliette Hallaire, an IOM information management expert based in Dakar.

This project follows a similar initiative organized by the International Development Fund (IDF), which focused on displacement management training for national authorities in West Africa in 2015-16.

This project is funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) for a total of USD 700,000 over a period of 12 months, ending in July 2017.

For further information, please contact Giovanni Cassani at the IOM Regional Office Senegal in Dakar, Senegal. Email: gcassani@iom.int, Tel: +221 33 869 62 00.

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Joint UNHCR and IOM statement on addressing migration and refugee movements along the Central Mediterranean route

IOM - News - Gio, 02/02/2017 - 14:47
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Ahead of the informal meeting of the European Council in Valletta tomorrow, we call on European leaders to take decisive action to address the tragic loss of life on the Central Mediterranean route and the deplorable conditions for migrants and refugees in Libya.

To better protect refugees and migrants, we need a strong European Union that is engaged beyond its borders to protect, assist and help find solutions for people in need. This includes building capacity to save lives at sea or on land, strengthening the rule of law and fighting against criminal networks.

We call for concerted efforts to ensure that sustainable migration and asylum systems are put in place in Libya, when the security and political situation permits, and in neighboring countries.

We urge a move away from migration management based on the automatic detention of refugees and migrants in inhumane conditions in Libya towards the creation of proper reception services. Open reception centres should offer safe and dignified conditions, including for children and victims of trafficking, and respect key protection safeguards.

We hope that tomorrow’s summit will also help move towards the adoption of a common approach to migration by the European Union.

Concrete measures in support of the Government of Libya are needed to build capacity to register new arrivals, support the voluntary return of migrants, process asylum claims and offer solutions to refugees. This should include a significant expansion of opportunities for safe pathways such as resettlement and humanitarian admission, among others, to avoid dangerous journeys.

In Libya, together with partners, we have made tremendous efforts to deliver basic protection to refugees, migrants and affected local populations, which in some places are also in dire need of assistance.

Security constraints continue to hinder our ability to deliver life-saving assistance, provide basic services to the most vulnerable and find solutions through resettlement, assisted voluntary return or self-reliance. Unhindered humanitarian access remains a priority.

We believe that, given the current context, it is not appropriate to consider Libya a safe third country nor to establish extraterritorial processing of asylum-seekers in North Africa. 

We hope that humane solutions can be found to end the suffering of thousands of migrants and refugees in Libya and across the region, and we stand ready to assist and enhance our engagement, conditions permitting.

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IOM and Iraq MoMD Strengthen Partnership to Rapidly Expand Emergency Sites

IOM - News - Mer, 02/01/2017 - 05:50
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Iraq - Over 20,300 displaced Iraqis are now taking shelter at Al-Qayara emergency site and 1,770 at Haj Ali emergency site, both in Ninewa governorate, Iraq. The sites are constructed by IOM in cooperation with the Government of Iraq’s Ministry of Displacement and Migration (MoMD). All of these families fled their homes due to military operations in the Mosul corridor; many are from the city of Mosul.

Early this week IOM shelter engineers and MoMD engineers conducted a joint workshop and visit to Al-Qayara site, to review the overall camp design, construction modality and storm drainage mechanisms to manage emergency sites and camps with a long term operational approach, in order to prevent flooding in winter season rains.

Mr. Qahtan Hadi Talib, Director General for MoMD Planning Department and Chief of Engineering Department of MoMD, said: “There is a very useful exchange of skills and experience between MoMD and IOM engineers because our goals are the same: to support the displaced families and to provide acceptable living conditions with dignity.”

“We are pleased to review the design of the IOM and MoMD camps together, including the water drainage system and the design of the tents. Lessons from these designs will be applied to improve other MoMD and partners' camps. MoMD will continue to support IOM by facilitating relations with local authorities and handling any movement and security challenges,” said Mr. Talib.

The population of the emergency sites has rapidly increased since welcoming the first arriving families in December 2016; both sites are undergoing rapid construction and expansion in preparation for expected displacement from the western portion of the city of Mosul.

Al-Qayara emergency site, built on an airstrip, currently has more than 4,500 tents fully prepared, 7,000 plots prepared, and is being expanded to 10,000 plots; following expansion it will be one of the largest shelter emergency sites in Iraq. Haj Ali emergency site currently has more than 1,000 plots prepared and is being expanded to 7,500 plots. Combined the sites will have capacity to host over 100,000 individuals.

MoMD has contributed 8,000 tents to the two sites; 1,500 tents are currently set up in Haj Ali, and 3,200 are set up in Al-Qayara.

Emergency sites are progressively being upgraded. Haj Ali is now equipped with electrified streetlights, and Al-Qayara streetlights are on in sectors A-E where residents are staying. The streetlights, funded by the Government of Germany, are important for residents' safety, especially at night when walking to use latrines and washing facilities.

IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss said, “Establishing these urgently needed emergency sites requires technical expertise and cooperation between the government, humanitarian organizations, local partners and donor governments. IOM is pleased to cooperate with Iraq’s MoMD to rapidly provide properly designed emergency sites, in our joint efforts to shelter displaced Iraqis fleeing the ongoing conflict in Mosul corridor.”

IOM staff are setting up additional tents, delivering non-food item (NFI) kits, and providing psychosocial and health services, in cooperation with the Ninewa Department of Health. The emergency sites are managed by humanitarian partner agencies.

A man who arrived to Al-Qayara emergency site on Sunday recounted his family’s journey with his family. He spoke with IOM staff while his sister was receiving assistance from an IOM doctor at the Al-Qayara site health clinic, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

“We crossed through Mosul at midnight. After we walked for half a kilometer, a bomb exploded and my uncle was killed. We walked for another half kilometer, it started raining and it was very cold. On the way, we buried one of my sisters, who was also killed by an explosion.

“We walked all night from Mosul to Aljboory. It was still rainy and cold in the morning when we arrived to Aljboory; there another sister passed away due to the hardship of the journey.

“Before we arrived to the security forces, my mother became exhausted, we wrapped her with a blanket and carried her. We would walk for a few minutes and then rest; it took us about five hours to reach the security forces. The mud ruined the women's boots, so they had to walk barefoot.

“When we reached the Security Forces point, they provided us with food, a heater and treatment for the children. After some rest, they referred us to the hospital, where we stayed for one day, and then they brought us to this shelter site.”

Support for Mosul Crisis Response has been provided to IOM through financial and in-kind contributions from the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), DFID, the EU’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), UN-OCHA, and the Governments of Canada, Germany, Kuwait, New Zealand and Sweden.

The IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Emergency Tracking has identified more than 163,100 individuals (over 27,190 families) who are still currently displaced by Mosul operations, from 17 October 2016 to 30 January 2017.

Of those currently displaced, 71 percent are living in camp settings, while 15 percent are living in private settings and 13 percent in emergency sites. Around 1 percent are living in critical shelter arrangements such as unfinished or repurposed buildings.

The latest DTM Emergency Tracking figures on displacement from Mosul operations are available at: http://iraqdtm.iom.int/EmergencyTracking.aspx.

Please click to download the latest : 

IOM Iraq DTM Mosul Operations - Displacement Snapshot from 31 January 2017.

IOM Iraq DTM Mosul Corridor Analysis from 30 January 2017.

For further information, please contact IOM Iraq:

Sandra Black, Tel. +964 751 234 550, Email: sblack@iom.int

Jennifer Sparks, Tel: +964 751 740 1642, Email: jsparks@iom.int

Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 17:27Image: Region-Country: Africa and Middle EastIraqThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesDefault: 
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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 5,483 Deaths at Sea: 253

IOM - News - Mar, 01/31/2017 - 10:57
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Switzerland - IOM reports that 5,483 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 29 January. Over three quarters arrived in Italy – the rest in Greece. This compares with 67, 375 through the first 29 days of January, 2016.

IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reports an estimated 253 deaths at sea on various routes in 2017, compared with 367 through the first 29 days of 2016.

This figure is almost a reverse of the pattern a year ago, when 90 deaths occurred on the Central Mediterranean route connecting North Africa to Italy and only five deaths occurring off Spain.

In 2016 at this time, 272 deaths were reported on the Eastern route between Turkey and Greece. So far this year it is the Central Mediterranean route – with 227 deaths, and Spain, with 25, that account for almost all the fatalities at sea. There has been just one death reported off Greece earlier this month.

On Monday IOM field staff in Trapani, Italy, recorded the deaths of two brothers, aged five and eight, from the Cote d’Ivoire, who died at sea in a dinghy last weekend en route to Italy.

The boys, who died of either hypothermia or asphyxiation, were travelling with their sisters, aged 10 and 14, who survived after the dinghy in which they sailed from Zuwara, Libya, was intercepted by the French Navy ship “Bouan”on Sunday. According to the girls, the four were trying to reach their father, who is living in France.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo said the surviving children have been transferred to a shelter, where they will receive special assistance. 

Other survivors told IOM that the dinghy was packed with some 151 migrants from West African countries including Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and the Gambia. 

“Crossing the Mediterranean is always dangerous for migrants, but at this time of year the sea conditions and the cold weather can be lethal, particularly for small children,” said Federico Soda, Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome.

He added: “It is unacceptable that children like these are dying while trying to reach Europe by sea. This year, crossings of the Mediterranean have continued throughout the winter because of the increasingly dangerous and unbearable conditions that migrants face in Libya every day.”

Since the beginning of 2017, 4,292 migrants have been rescued at sea and brought to Italy. Last weekend, some 1,400 migrants – mainly Western African nationals – were brought to Sicily.

The Italian Coast Guard Ship “Diciotti” brought 778 people to Catania from seven different operations. France’s “Bouan” (operating within the framework of Operation Triton) brought 151 people to Trapani, other Italian Coast Guard ships brought 204 migrants to Lampedusa and the “Golfo Azzurro” (chartered by the Dutch NGO “Boat Refugee Foundation”) brought 300 migrants to Messina.

Other fatalities were also recorded over the weekend. Another body was brought ashore in Catania by the search and rescue vessel “Diciotti.” Migrants on that vessel told rescuers that two people fell overboard during the attempted crossing and remain missing. The remains of a Nigerian woman were found among the 204 migrants brought to Lampedusa on Sunday.

IOM Athens on Tuesday reported that in Chalkida a two-month-old baby died at the Ritsona camp on Friday, 27 January. The previous day , doctors diagnosed the child with cystic fibrosis, and recommended a referral to an Athens hospital. The mother, for unknown reasons, decided to return to the camp with the child, who died shortly thereafter.

IOM’s Greece’s Kelly Namia also reports that two men were found dead at Moria camp on the island of Lesvos. A 46-year-old Syrian man was found dead in his tent on Saturday morning (28/1). A 20-year old Pakistani was also found dead early Tuesday morning. It is the third incident at Moria in the last ten days, after the death of a 22-year-old Egyptian man last Tuesday (24/1.)

IOM’s Missing Migrant Project notes worldwide deaths through 30 January now stand at 377 men, women and children – a figure that is approximately two-thirds of the 567 total recorded by the same date in 2016. 
 

WORLDWIDE FATALITIES 2017/2016
January 1-30

 

Region

2017

2016

Mediterranean

253

367

Europe

6

6

Middle East

2

23

North Africa

0

40

Horn of Africa

0

45

Sub-Saharan Africa

0

18

Southeast Asia

36

35

East Asia

0

0

US/Mexico

11

15

Central America

1

8

Caribbean

68

1

South America

0

9

Total

377

567

Missing Migrants researcher Kate Dearden points out that much of that data shortfall is based on absence of reporting from three deadly migration routes – the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, the North African routes across the Sahara, and East African routes towards South Africa. For regions where data has been collected through the first three weeks of the year, fatality statistics are either ahead of last year’s levels, or virtually identical.

One glaring exception is the Caribbean, where IOM’s Missing Migrants Project is reporting 68 migrants confirmed dead or lost at sea after a tiny craft carrying Haitians foundered off the Turks and Caicos last week.

One survivor told island authorities that 69 men, women and children were on board. Over the weekend IOM learned that a total of 15 corpses have been recovered and that authorities are treating the 53 missing migrants as “unaccounted for.” Last year through the month of January, the Missing Migrants Project recorded the death of just one migrant on this route.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic: 
http://migration.iom.int/docs/MMP/170131_Mediterranean_Update.pdf

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe
Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For further information please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM Geneva, Tel: +41.79.103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int 
Sabine Schneider at IOM Germany, Tel: +49 30 278 778 17 Email: sschneider@iom.int
IOM Greece: Daniel Esdras, Tel: +30 210 9912174, Email: iomathens@iom.int or Kelly Namia, Tel: +30 210 9919040, +30 210 9912174, Email: knamia@iom.int 
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Mazen Aboulhosn at IOM Turkey, Tel: +9031245-51202, Email: maboulhosn@iom.int
IOM Libya: Othman Belbeisi, Tel: +216 29 600389, Email: obelbeisi@iom.int or Ashraf Hassan, Tel: +216297 94707, Email: ashassan@iom.int
Hicham Hasnaoui at IOM Morocco, Tel: + 212 5 37 65 28 81, Email: hhasnaoui@iom.int

For information or interview requests in French:
Florence Kim, OIM Genève, Tel: +41 79 103 03 42, Email: fkim@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo, OIM Italie, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int

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Fighting Blocks IOM Humanitarian Assistance in Upper Nile, South Sudan

IOM - News - Mar, 01/31/2017 - 10:52
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South Sudan - IOM has been forced to suspend humanitarian activities in Wau Shilluk in South Sudan’s Upper Nile area due to violent clashes over the weekend putting thousands at risk. Due to this increased insecurity, IOM has had to post pone the registration of nearly 3,000 thousand vulnerable individuals for humanitarian assistance indefinitely.

“Violence in Upper Nile has once again hindered the ability of IOM and other relief agencies to provide assistance to populations seriously in need,” said IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission William Barriga. “Civilians will undoubtedly suffer as sporadic fighting makes it more difficult for aid workers to deliver services.”

Clashes between Government and opposition forces began south of Wau Shilluk on 25 January and continued to spread in the direction of Wau Shilluk and Malakal town. The shelling gradually grew closer to Wau Shilluk on 27 January just as the 14-person IOM team was about to resume registration, forcing staff to evacuate to safer areas with the support of World Vision, which provides humanitarian aid in the area.

An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people remained to be registered when the team was forced to evacuate. Between 16–26 January, 20,446 people were registered or verified as previously registered last year. Maintaining accurate registration information informs more accurate response planning and tracking of displacement trends in the volatile Upper Nile region.

Wau Shilluk is located across the White Nile River from Malakal town, one of South Sudan’s largest urban areas before the current crisis and home to more than 33,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are sheltering at the protection of civilians (PoC) site.

Displacement patterns in this area have remained fluid in recent years. July and August 2015 saw a rapid influx of IDPs traveling from Wau Shilluk to the Malakal PoC site due to deteriorating conditions in Wau Shilluk following months of limited humanitarian access.

Recently, when river access reopened in November 2016, IOM estimates that between 12 November and 30 December more than 2,000 people left the Malakal PoC site to travel to Wau Shilluk to re-join family members, cultivate land or proceed on to refugee camps in Sudan. Only 60 percent of these indicated that they intended to leave permanently.

Separately, fighting in Renk, Upper Nile, on 30 January, halted IOM health operations in the area due to ongoing shelling and small arms fire. Through static clinics and rapid response teams, IOM is providing primary health care to IDPs and host community members in Renk. As part of its maternal care programme, IOM is the sole provider of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in the Renk area.

Three years of civil crisis have left millions in need of lifesaving humanitarian aid in South Sudan. More than 1.83 million people have been displaced internally and another 1.17 million people have fled to neighbouring countries since the crisis erupted in December 2013. IOM continues to provide multi-sector humanitarian assistance to population in need across the country.

For further information, please contact Ashley McLaughlin at IOM South Sudan, Tel: +211 922 405 716, Email: amclaughlin@iom.int.

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IOM, Japan Support Host Community Livelihoods in Gambella, Ethiopia

IOM - News - Mar, 01/31/2017 - 10:50
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Ethiopia - IOM has provided beehives and beekeeping equipment to 50 households in communities hosting refugees in Gambella region, Ethiopia, to increase livelihood opportunities and boost family incomes.

The beehives were distributed in the villages of Kamri, Jewi and Bonga, which are all located near the Jewi refugee camp, which hosts some 57,000 refugees from South Sudan.

Together with the beehives, a full start-up package was provided with all the necessary tools and equipment to begin a honey producing business. The delivery of beehives and accompanying equipment is part of a project funded by the Government of Japan, which supports refugee and host community livelihoods in Gambella, and has constructed 712 shelters in the Jewi refugee camp.

“I used to make honey using traditional methods, but this modern equipment will help me produce a much larger amount,” said Obong Okiri, a resident of Jewi village. “I will be able to sell it in the Jewi camp and in the main market in Gambella. Some of the harvest I will keep for my family.”

Assisting host communities in improving their livelihoods plays a vital role in creating positive interaction with the neighbouring refugee camp residents, in addition to helping them cope with the immense economic changes that living next to a large refugee camp can bring to daily life.

The livelihood and shelter project is implemented in partnership with the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), the National Resource Development and Environmental Protection Department (NRDEP), Abol Woreda (district), and UNHCR.

The households that received the beekeeping kits underwent training by IOM on how to take care of a beehive. A kilo of honey can provide a substantial income. Honey also has a high energy content which is important for family nutrition. In the coming weeks, IOM will also provide vegetable seeds and agricultural tools to 171 host community households. Fishing nets and lines will also be supplied to host communities living near the river Baro, which flows through Gambella.

“The beehives are an important step in IOM’s support of host communities in Gambella and form a strong bridge to the assistance we provide in terms of livelihood and shelter activities within Jewi refugee camp, thanks to our Japanese funding,” said Miriam Mutalu, IOM Head of the Sub-Office in Gambella.

Under the same project, 688 refugees in the Jewi camp were engaged in the construction of their own shelters, along with 60 people employed in the IOM workshop inside the camp. The upgrading of the shelters coincided with livelihood support for refugees in the areas of poultry rearing, home gardening, embroidery handiwork, and retail activities. Combining shelter and livelihoods helps to ensure the dignity and safety of refugees, together with improved income and better nutrition.

For further information, please contact Miriam Mutalu at IOM Gambella, Tel: +251 94 6692 501, Email: mmutalu@iom.int

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IOM Helps Ethiopian Migrants Detained in Zambia Return Home

IOM - News - Mar, 01/31/2017 - 10:49
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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.

With the help of smugglers, they travelled from Ethiopia through Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia – a journey of approximately 4,000 km – which took between two to three weeks.

The migrants reported having paid between USD 4,000 and USD 5,000 to smugglers. “My brother and my father paid the smugglers 90,000 Ethiopian Birrs (USD 4,000).  They then gave me around USD 200 pocket money, but the ‘bosses’ (smugglers ‘appointed’ in each country) took my money and gave us little food and water during our journey. When we were in Tanzania we didn’t eat for two days. Sometimes we had to sleep in the forest, on the wet ground,” said Tamrat Desalgn, a 23-year-old migrant from the southern part of Ethiopia.

Undocumented migrants in Zambia normally receive a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison for “consenting to be smuggled”. Migrants are mostly unaware they are at risk of imprisonment once they cross the Zambian border from Tanzania.

“When the day of our court hearing came, we were all given 15-year sentences. I was shocked….I couldn’t understand why 15 years. That day we all sat under a tree and cried. We cried under that tree every day for a week. We were worried about our future,” said Desalgn.

Following intense advocacy by the Ethiopian government, UN and NGO partners, the 147 migrants were pardoned by the Zambian president on 24 December 2016.

Immediately after the pardon, IOM Zambia conducted an assessment of the migrants and found them to be all eligible to be returned home to Ethiopia under IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration program.

With the help of the Zambian authorities and the Ethiopian embassy in Harare, identification documents were provided to all the migrants, together with food, clothes, air tickets to Addis Ababa and a travel allowance of approximately USD 40 per each migrant.

“We are very satisfied with how swiftly we were able to assist the migrants return home following the pardon by the Zambian president. By working closely with the Immigration Department, the Zambia Correctional Services and the Ethiopian embassy in Harare, we ensured the safe return of people, many of whom had lost hope of returning home after spending a long time in prison,” said Abibatou Wane, IOM Zambia’s Chief of Mission.

On 26 January 2017, the migrants boarded a plane from Lusaka, Zambia, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where they spent the night at IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Returnees’ Transit Centre before travelling to their homes. The 11 children were taken to a children’s shelter where IOM, in partnership with UNICEF, is currently assisting them with family tracing.

The operation was funded by a pool of donors including the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, IOM’s Global Assistance Fund and IOM’s non-profit US Association for International Migration (USAIM).

For further information, please contact Chiara Frisone at IOM South Africa. Tel: +27 72 664 8003, Email: cfrisone@iom.int

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IOM Supports Over 70,000 Displaced Nigerians with Non-Food Aid

IOM - News - Mar, 01/31/2017 - 10:48
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Nigeria - IOM has provided mattresses, blankets, water purification tablets, mosquito nets and other essential items to 12,500 displaced families (70,073 individuals) and others affected by Boko Haram violence in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, north-eastern Nigeria, over the last six weeks. Many fled their homes, leaving everything behind, to escape Boko Haram or lost their belongings when villages were razed around the northeast. 

“I left my home five days ago to come to Konduga, 30km away in Borno,” explained Yazara Abba, 65. “After three years of Boko Haram controlling us, the military came and we were able to escape. I brought all that I could carry for my grandkids: a mosquito net, one shirt and a plastic container,” she said, unwrapping the small bundle, her hands and feet scraped from the long walk.

Yazara’s family of five is among the 500 families (2,653 people) that received household items from IOM in Konduga on Sunday. IOM has already built shelters for 614 families (approximately 4,298 people) in the town and plans to provide shelters for another 500 families there in the coming weeks.

Internally displaced families in camps and host communities in 23 locations in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe also received floor mats, buckets, jerry cans, pots, cooking utensils, cutlery, plates, soap, detergent, and sanitary pads. Many of the beneficiaries are in hard-to-reach areas that only recently became accessible to humanitarian workers, thanks to improving security.

These items, and blankets in particular, surpass food as the greatest “unmet need” of 15 percent of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) surveyed in IOM’s last Displacement Tracking Matrix, published in December 2016. From January to November 2016, IOM distributed 19,726 household (NFI) kits, supporting about 106,445 individuals.

“Giving these critical items to more than 70,000 people in under two months reflects our growing capacity to respond to this humanitarian crisis,” said Fouad Diab, Emergency Coordinator at IOM Nigeria. “We have scaled up our response, doubling the size of our NFI distribution team, and we look forward to doing more to address the increasing needs of the many Nigerians affected by the conflict.” The programme is funded by the Government of Germany.

IOM Nigeria’s Emergency Response also includes building shelters, camp management and camp coordination, livelihood assistance, mental health and psychosocial support, biometrically registering IDPs and affected communities, and tracking displacement around the northeast.

For further information, please contact Julia Burpee at IOM Nigeria, Tel. +234 (0) 907 373 1170, Email: jburpee@iom.int

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IOM Egypt Backs Syria Al Ghad Foundation Medical Center for Refugees, Host Communities

IOM - News - Mar, 01/31/2017 - 10:45
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Egypt - IOM Egypt has helped the Syria Al Ghad community-based foundation to renovate and expand a medical centre which provides free and low-cost medical services for Syrian refugees and host communities. The centre has been fully operational since a few weeks.

The centre, in Cairo, is expected to provide health assistance this year to around 5,000 refugee and host community families in Al Obour City and in surrounding neighbourhoods. It particularly focuses on women’s health and offers specialized services such as ophthalmology and dermatology. It also has a medical laboratory and a pharmacy that provides prescription medications generally free of charge.

“IOM’s support came in the form of medications and clinical supplies. In addition, ultrasound and other specialized medical equipment were provided to the gynaecology clinic in order to rehabilitate and upgrade their medical facilities,” said Teuta Grazhdani, IOM Egypt’s Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development.

“We hope to see more such initiatives in the future whereby the needs of women and men are addressed in a way that empowers migrant and host communities,” said Heba Abdellatif, IOM Egypt’s Gender Focal Point.

This renovation was made possible with funding from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), as part of the 3RP Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2016.

For further information, please contact Teuta Grazhdani at IOM Egypt, Tel: +202227365140, Email: iomegypt@iom.int

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IOM Peru Trains Specialist Prosecutors in Trafficking in Persons

IOM - News - Mar, 01/31/2017 - 10:43
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Peru - IOM Peru is today (31/01) holding a two-day training for specialist prosecutors in trafficking in persons, organized in coordination with the US Embassy's International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section, the Public Ministry, and the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (IDEHPUCP in Spanish).

According to statistics from the Public Ministry’s Criminality Observatory, the number of possible cases of trafficking in persons identified in Peru has increased in the past few years, from 552 in 2014 to 889 in 2015, and to 1,144 in 2016.

The specialist prosecutors participating in the training were appointed by the Public Ministry in 2014 to improve its capacity to investigate crimes related to trafficking in persons in Lima. In 2015, an additional seven specialist prosecutors in trafficking in persons were appointed in the regions of Peru with the highest number of cases: Callao, Cusco, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Puno, Tacna and Tumbes.

“Counter-trafficking is a priority for the Public Ministry and we’ve worked closely with IOM in the past years, training prosecutors on investigation and prosecution of cases, as well as improving our data gathering capacities,” explained Jaime Villanueva, General Manager of the Public Ministry School.

The training for prosecutors is the final activity of a project funded by INL, which included the development of a training manual for the judiciary for the investigation and processing of cases of trafficking in persons. The manual also includes a set of guidelines and a virtual edition in order to facilitate the training of the judiciary in remote areas of Peru.

“The United States firmly supports Peru’s efforts to combat trafficking in persons. Just as we fight drug trafficking, illegal gold mining, and organized crime, we fight human trafficking with equal determination,” said Lawrence Gumbiner, Chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy.

In 2012, the Strategic Information System on Trafficking in Persons (SISTRA by its Spanish acronym) was created by the Public Ministry with IOM support to strengthen its Criminality Observatory database. In the same year, IOM staff provided training for 80 people, mainly judges, prosecutors and police officers, for the investigation and prosecution of cases of human trafficking. Since then IOM has provided training for close to 3,000 government officials at the national and local level, as well as civil society members and local leaders.

“Despite the enormous challenges of combatting trafficking in persons in Peru, the Public Ministry has been extremely active in strengthening their capacity to prosecute cases and we look forward to keep working with them to ensure more traffickers are convicted”, said Jose Ivan Davalos, Chief of Mission of IOM Peru.

For further information, please contact IOM Peru. Ines Calderon, Email: icalderon@iom.int or Jeremy MacGillivray, Email: jmacgillivray@iom.int, Tel. +51 1 633 0000.

Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 17:23Image: Region-Country: AmericaPeruDefault: 
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JOINT IOM - UNHCR STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE ORDER

IOM - News - Sab, 01/28/2017 - 10:39
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GENEVA - The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world.

The longstanding policy has offered a double win: first by rescuing some of the most vulnerable people in the world and second by enabling them to enrich their new societies. The contribution of refugees and migrants to their new homes worldwide has been overwhelmingly positive.

Resettlement places provided by every country are vital; The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency and and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, hope that the US will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution.

IOM and UNHCR remain committed to working with the US Administration towards the goal we share to ensure safe and secure resettlement and immigration programmes. 

We strongly believe that refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, and opportunities for resettlement, regardless of their religion, nationality or race.

We will continue to engage actively and constructively with the U.S. Government, as we have done for decades, to protect those who need it most, and to offer our support on asylum and migration matters.

For further information please contact:

IOM

Leonard Doyle Tel: + 41 79 285 71 23, Email: ldoyle@iom.int  

Joel Millman, Tel: + 41 79 103 87 20, Email: jmillman@iom.int 

UNHCR:

In Washington, Chris Boian, Tel: +1 202 489 6884, Email: boian@unhcr.org  

In Geneva, Vannina Maestracci, Tel: +41 79 108 3532, Email: maestrac@unhcr.org  

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 3,829 Deaths at Sea: 246

IOM - News - Ven, 01/27/2017 - 11:07
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Switzerland - IOM reports that 3,829 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 25 January, well over two thirds arriving in Italy and the rest in Greece. This compares with 48,029 through the first 25 days of January, 2016.

IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reports 246 estimated deaths at sea on various routes, compared with 210 through the first 25 days of 2016. This 2017 fatalities figure represents almost a reverse of the pattern of casualties from a year ago, when just 20 deaths occurred on the Central Mediterranean Sea route connecting North Africa to Italy and only five deaths occurring off Spain.

In 2016 at this time, 185 deaths were reported on the Eastern route between Turkey and Greece. So far this year the Central Mediterranean route, with 221 deaths, and Spain, with 25, account for almost all the fatalities of migrants or refugees at sea, with just one reported death off Greece, recorded earlier this week.

Among the casualties reported by IOM’s Missing Migrants Projects this week are 16 new deaths confirmed by IOM Libya since January 21. Christine Petré, an IOM press officer for Libya, reported Thursday that on Tuesday, 24 January, 135 migrants were rescued off Tripoli and on that same day 10 bodies were retrieved (8 men, 1 woman and one child) nearby.  She said the previous Saturday, 21 January, five bodies were retrieved off Subratah and another off Tripoli. 

For the month so far, IOM Libya reports the total number of migrants rescued at sea by Libyan authorities or commercial fishermen is 319. The total for bodies recovered in January is 42.

IOM’s Missing Migrant Project notes worldwide deaths through 25 January are 314 men, women and children – a figure that is approximately 25 percent lower than the 403 deaths recorded by the same date in 2016. 

Missing Migrants researcher Kate Dearden points out that much of that data shortfall is based on absence of reports from three deadly migration routes – the Horn of Africa to Arabian Peninsula, the North African routes across the Sahara, and Eastern African routes drawing migrants towards South Africa. For regions where data has been collected through the first three weeks of the year, fatality statistics are either ahead of last year’s levels, or virtually identical.

Moreover, reports this week of the bodies of 14 Haitian migrants discovered off the Turks and Caicos archipelago in the Caribbean Sea may have understated the tragedy. It is now believed that a craft carrying 69 migrants from Haiti foundered with very few survivors. If true there may be dozens of deaths still unaccounted for, which would make January one the deadliest months for migrants plying Caribbean Sea lanes in several years.

 

WORLDWIDE MIGRANT FATALITIES, BY REGION (2016-2017)

REGION

2017

2016

Mediterranean

246

210

Europe

6

6

Middle East

2

20

North Africa

0

32

Horn of Africa

0

58

Sub-Saharan Africa

0

20

Southeast Asia

36

35

US/Mexico

11

14

Central America

1

7

Caribbean

14

1

Total

316

403

 

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic: 
http://migration.iom.int/docs/MMP/170127_Mediterranean_Update.pdf 
For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe
Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For further information please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM Geneva, Tel: +41.79.103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int 
Sabine Schneider at IOM Germany, Tel. +49 30 278 778 17 Email: sschneider@iom.int
IOM Greece: Daniel Esdras, Tel: +30 210 9912174, Email: iomathens@iom.int or Kelly Namia, Tel: +30 210 9919040, +30 210 9912174, Email: knamia@iom.int 
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Mazen Aboulhosn at IOM Turkey, Tel: +9031245-51202, Email: maboulhosn@iom.int
IOM Libya: Othman Belbeisi, Tel +216 29 600389, Email: obelbeisi@iom.int or Ashraf Hassan, Tel: +216297 94707, Email: ashassan@iom.int
Hicham Hasnaoui at IOM Morocco, Tel: + 212 5 37 65 28 81, Email: hhasnaoui@iom.int

For information or interview requests in French:
Florence Kim, OIM Genève, Tel: +41 79 103 03 42, Email: fkim@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo, OIM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int

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IOM Launches Displacement Tracking in Afghanistan as Humanitarian Crisis Looms

IOM - News - Ven, 01/27/2017 - 11:05
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Afghanistan - In response to the recent dramatic increase of Afghans returning home from neighbouring countries, as well as record levels of internal displacement, IOM is launching a new displacement tracking system in Afghanistan to better understand population movements and needs.

The sudden return of more than 600,000 registered refugees and undocumented Afghans from Pakistan, coupled with the conflict-induced displacement of over 623,000 people in 2016, could induce a severe humanitarian crisis. In 2017, a further 1 million Afghans are expected to return from Pakistan and an additional 450,000 people are expected to become internally displaced due to the ongoing conflict. Large-scale returns and intensified conflict, combined with rapid urbanization, have intensified the strain on already overstretched local services.

Further compounding concerns is a lack of clear information on the location and needs of people who have returned from outside Afghanistan or those who have been forced to leave their homes.

“There is an urgent need to know where people in vulnerable situations are living and what their needs are,” said IOM Afghanistan Chief of Mission Laurence Hart. “With a system in place to clearly track these concerns, humanitarian actors and the Government of Afghanistan can deliver assistance and services to the families and communities that need it most.”

Drawing on over a decade of experience in tracking vulnerable populations and helping ensure the targeted delivery of aid in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and other countries facing both conflict and natural disasters, IOM will launch the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in Afghanistan next week.

The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is a system that utilizes a variety of tools and processes to track and monitor population movement during crises. It regularly and systematically captures, processes and disseminates information to provide a better understanding of the movements and evolving needs of vulnerable populations, whether on site or en-route.

The first phase of the DTM in Afghanistan will put a framework in place to track various at risk populations in Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar provinces. A two-day training on the DTM for provincial team leaders and district focal points from these areas kicked off in Jalalabad on Tuesday, 24 January.

IOM staff working in these provinces will consult with community leaders and elders, national and local authorities and previous registrations and assessments. They will also conduct visits in person to form a comprehensive picture of the estimated number of returnees from abroad, internal movements and needs and conditions at the village, district and provincial levels.

“While there is good tracking along the borders, there is little knowledge of the actual final destinations, the villages and neighbourhoods, where people are arriving,” said IOM Human Mobility Tracking Expert Vlatko Avramovski. “The DTM will deliver this information regularly and accurately.”

Data collected under the DTM will be processed, consolidated and shared on a consistent basis with the Government of Afghanistan and other humanitarian actors to flag urgent concerns, facilitate the delivery of assistance and help plan for durable solutions.

Following the successful implementation of first phase, IOM Afghanistan will expand the DTM’s coverage to other provinces with significant numbers of returnees.

Funding for the DTM in Afghanistan is provided by the governments of Germany, Japan, Norway and Sweden. Learn more about the DTM worldwide at http://www.globaldtm.info/.

For further information, please contact Matt Graydon in Jalalabad, Email: mgraydon@iom.int, Tel: +93729229129. 

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Community Policing Forum Established in Al Qayara in Ninewa, Iraq

IOM - News - Ven, 01/27/2017 - 11:04
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Iraq - A Community Policing Forum (CPF) was established earlier this week in Al Qayara, Iraq, marking the start of community policing in Ninewa Governorate, in an area newly retaken from ISIL.

The first CPF meeting was attended by local police, NGO representatives and local community members. Several community members ran for leadership positions in the CPF and three were elected – two men and one woman.

As with the 46 CPFs already established around the country, the aim of the forum is to bring together community members and police to enhance communication and coordination and work together to address security concerns.

In areas retaken from ISIL, community policing serves as a tool to rebuild social and administrative structures at the grassroots level. With housing destroyed, infrastructure damaged, and social structures interrupted, these communities have enormous tasks ahead as they rebuild social, economic and administrative networks.

“The Community Policing Forum is a new concept in this area and has received positive feedback from the community; many local residents have requested to become members,” said the newly elected Head of Community Policing Forum, Mudhafar Nadhim Ali, a recognized Al Qayara community member. “We want to work with the police to increase cooperation, raise awareness on security concerns and improve our capacity to work together, so we can effectively respond to security issues.”

Colonel Fawze Jamil Soltan, Head of Police in Al Qayara said, “I would like this Community Policing Forum to serve as a model for other areas of Ninewa. Within the forum, there is good coordination because the community members know each other. If there are security issues they can address them, which makes the job easier for the police and helps keep the community safe.”

IOM Iraq Chief of Mission, Thomas Lothar Weiss, welcomed the establishment of the CPF in Al Qayara and the development of this new democratic structure in the area as an important step towards normalization in Ninewa.

“With the CPF in Al Qayara, the first in Ninewa governorate, Community Policing takes an important step forward by enabling exchange between the police and citizens in newly retaken areas. With the help of IOM, local authorities and community members are sowing the seeds of citizen participation and dialogue in this battered region, creating a structure that is very important for stability and security,” said Dr. Weiss.

IOM is supporting the Ministry of Interior to initiate dialogue with communities, as a crucial first step towards a more effective CP program in Iraq. The establishment of community policing forums is one proven means to kick-start such dialogue.

The current phase of the Community Policing Project, funded by the German Government, is designed to expand and support the CP project in identifying and addressing needs specific to Iraq, and to ensure that the project is self-sustaining. The initiatives in this phase are specifically focused on areas newly retaken from ISIL. Additional CPFs are planned for another area of Ninewa governorate, as soon as the security situation allows.

In the framework of the first phase of the project, established in 2012 and supported by the U.S. Department of State, IOM built a network of community police and motivated stakeholders, provided expertise and organized trainings and CPFs.

Al Qayara is a town with 15,000 residents in southern Ninewa Governorate, on the west bank of the Tigris River, about 60 km south of Mosul. In June 2014 the city was taken by the ISIL and retaken in October 2016 by Iraqi forces. Since then, the community is working to recover and accept displaced Iraqis from other parts of Mosul Corridor and Mosul City.

Nearly 50,000 Iraqis have been displaced to Al Qayara sub-district since the start of Mosul military operations on 17 October 2016. An emergency site in Al Qayara for displaced Iraqis, constructed by IOM, is now hosting more than 19,000 individuals and more seeking shelter continue to arrive.

 

More than three months into the Mosul military operations, cumulatively, an estimated 187,986 individuals (31,331 families) have been displaced. Of these, 28,980 individuals (4,830 families) have returned to their areas of origin. The IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Emergency Tracking has identified 158,772 individuals (26,462 families) since 17 October 2016 who are still currently displaced as of 27 January 2017.

Of those currently displaced, 71 percent are living in camp settings, while 15 percent are living in private settings and 13 percent in emergency sites. Around 1 percent are living in critical shelter arrangements such as unfinished or repurposed buildings.

As military operations in Mosul corridor continue, IOM is responding to resulting displacement through the provision of emergency response services including non-food item kits, shelter, livelihoods assistance, primary health care, psychosocial assistance, displacement tracking and light infrastructure projects.

Read the latest DTM Emergency Tracking: Mosul Operations Factsheet and Snapshot.

For further information, please contact IOM Iraq:
Sandra Black, Tel. +964 751 234 550, Email: sblack@iom.int
Hala Jaber, Tel. +964 751 740 1654, Email: hjaberbent@iom.int
Jennifer Sparks, Tel: +964 751 740 1642, Email: jsparks@iom.int Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 17:36Image: Region-Country: Africa and Middle EastIraqDefault: 

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IOM: Yemenis and Migrants Caught Up in Crisis Need Urgent Assistance

IOM - News - Ven, 01/27/2017 - 11:03
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Yemen - IOM is preparing to receive up to several hundreds of migrants in Al Hudaydah governorate, Yemen, trying to get out of harm’s way and escape the conflict. 

Since late March 2015, when the conflict first erupted, IOM has been responding to the needs of vulnerable and stranded migrants in Yemen. The conflict’s frontlines remained relatively unchanged throughout 2016, resulting in more than 40,000 causalities and 3 million displaced Yemenis.  This year the conflict has already shifted in a way that affects the popular routes that migrants from the Horn of Africa use to pass through Yemen headed for a Gulf country.

While the focus of IOM’s in-country partners remains on the growing number of vulnerable Yemenis internally displaced from Taizz to Al Hudaydah, migrants like Mohammed – a 14 year old from Ethiopia – are injured or killed alongside Yemenis, as the conflict enters its third year.

 

Mohammed’s Story

Mohammed wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia to work and save money. He left home with some friends – not telling his relatives. He covered several hundred miles, while hungry and thirsty.  He risked drowning in the sea as he crossed from Djibouti to Yemen. 

Upon arrival in Yemen, Mohammed and his friends were abducted by a thriving smuggling network based near Mokha in Taizz, a governorate on the west coast, which has been a conflict hotspot for more than a year. The smugglers abused Mohammad physically and only released him once they had extorted money from him and his friends.

Still in the vicinity of Mokha, which has recently become a major point of clashes, Mohammed and his friends were seriously injured by a violent explosion. An ambulance brought six of them, including Mohammed, to a hospital in Al Hudaydah.

According to Mohammed, two female migrants died and the other migrants from his group are still missing. While two migrants needed to stay in the hospital, a recovered Mohammed and three others were transferred to the prison in Al Hudaydah, which is where IOM met him and provided him with assistance. 

Following this near-death experience at such a young age, Mohammed asked IOM to help him return home to Ethiopia. IOM is currently working to ensure that Mohammed and the migrants are part of an upcoming evacuation boat in early February.

In 2016, IOM evacuated 2,562 migrants caught up in the conflict in Yemen, brought them back home to Ethiopia. IOM also provided a range of life-saving assistance to more than 21,000 vulnerable migrants in several Yemeni governorates. 

IOM migrant assistance activities in Yemen are supported by the European Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), German Humanitarian Assistance, Swedish International Development Agency, UK Department for International Development and US Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

For further information, please contact Saba Malme at IOM Yemen, Tel: + 967 736 800 329, Email: smalme@iom.int Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 17:35Image: Region-Country: Africa and Middle EastYemenDefault: 

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IOM to Launch Elderly Caregiving Training for Migrants in Thailand

IOM - News - Ven, 01/27/2017 - 11:02
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Thailand - Thailand has one of the fastest ageing societies in the world. The United Nations estimates that between 2016 and 2040, the proportion of people aged 65 years and above is projected to increase from 7.5 million to 17 million – more than a quarter of the population. This demographic shift is to be accompanied by an 11 percent decline in working age population, the fastest contraction in the region.

Migrant workers are projected to fill the labour gap as a result, particularly as caregivers for elder family members in Thai households. In anticipation of this, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has partnered with HomeNet Thailand and the National Catholic Commission on Migration to provide elderly caregiving skills training for female migrants over the course of 10 weeks, starting on 29 January.

The 80 hour training programme, to be conducted by the Ditsara Child and Elderly Care School every Sunday, is expected to benefit 32 migrant domestic workers from Myanmar. Modules will be specially tailored to the needs of the group and will cover a broad range of topics. These include meeting daily needs of the elderly such as bathing, dressing and personal grooming. Emphasis will also be placed on providing basic medical training such as first aid, chronic disease management and nasogastric intubation.

“As economic expansion continues and Thai society ages, we expect the demand for migrant labour with knowledge in elderly caregiving to increase in the years to come,” said Dana Graber Ladek, IOM Thailand’s Chief of Mission. “The skills obtained through this training will help increase the employability of these women and enable them to progress into the care sector with increased opportunities to work for other employers, such as nursing homes.”

The elderly care skills training programme is one of several activities IOM implements under the project Poverty Reduction through Skills Development for Safe and Regular Migration in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam (PROMISE).

Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the project aims to improve access to better employment opportunities and conditions for migrants, particularly female migrants, and enhance the positive outcomes of migration on poverty reduction and socio-economic development in countries of origin.

For further information please contact Petra Neumann at IOM Thailand, Tel: +66 2 343 9333, Email: pneumann@iom.int

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