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IOM's First Psychosocial Counselling Master’s Degree in Nigeria Aims to Benefit Victims of Conflict

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 14:21

Maiduguri – People affected by conflict will benefit from help provided by graduates of the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) first Professional Master’s Degree Programme in Psychosocial Counselling and Conflict Transformation in Nigeria.  The degree is offered in partnership with the Centre for Peace, Diplomatic and Development Studies of the University of Maiduguri and aligns with IOM’s global strategy on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS). 

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Djibouti's First National Strategy on Migration Targets Challenges from Horn of Africa

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 14:21

Djibouti – Host to 150,000 undocumented migrants and a transit hub for thousands of others from the Horn of Africa heading to the Gulf, Djibouti aims to improve their welfare and that of hosting communities through the country's first National Strategy for Migration, launched with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

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IOM Expands Humanitarian and Protection Assistance in Afghanistan, Continues Community Development Work

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 14:18

Kabul – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) continues to expand its relief operations across Afghanistan in response to mounting, complex humanitarian needs fuelled by drought and conflict while reengaging established livelihood, community development and infrastructure projects.

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IOM Helps Vulnerable  Bangladeshis  Return from Lebanon as More Migrants Line Up to Leave

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 13:31

Beirut/Dhaka – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today an increasing number of migrant workers are desperate to escape economic hardship in Lebanon and a group of stranded Bangladeshis among them arrived in Dhaka today from Beirut with IOM, Bali Process and government help.

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Conditions for Migrants at EU-Belarus Border of Utmost Concern

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 13:21

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is deeply concerned by the dire conditions that migrants are facing at the European Union-Belarus border.  

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Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and International Organization for Migration Strengthen Cooperation

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 13:06

Vientiane – On 1 September 2021, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic signed a Cooperation Agreement at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to further strengthen cooperation and develop good relations between the two parties.

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IOM Provides Emergency Help to Thousands of Haitians Affected by Earthquake 

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 13:06

Port-au-Prince – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has provided essential hygiene and shelter items to more than 51,000 people in its ongoing emergency response to help Haitians in the wake of last month’s devastating earthquake, which killed 2,200 people. 

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IOM Launches Monitoring Toolkit for Sustainable Reintegration of Child Returnees

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 12:49

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said a toolkit it published today closes a gap in monitoring the sustainable reintegration of child returnees. 

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IOM Launches Asia-Pacific Migration Data Report 2020

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 09:41

Bangkok – The International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Asia-Pacific Regional Data Hub (RDH) has published the Asia-Pacific Migration Data Report 2020, which explores the complex and multifaceted aspects of migration in Asia and the Pacific to provide evidence and guidance to improve

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IOM Appeals for USD 15 Million for Critical Needs of Families Affected by Haiti Earthquake

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Port Au Prince – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a flash appeal for USD 15 million to help Haitian authorities with housing, temporary shelter, mental health support and COVID-19 prevention for some 137,000 families left critically vulnerable by the recent earthquake that struck southern Haiti.

According to official figures, the 7.2-magnitude earthquake has already left  2,207 dead, more than 12,000 injured, nearly 53,000 buildings collapsed, and another 77,000 severely damaged.

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Another Boat Tragedy off North Africa’s Atlantic Coast Stark Reminder of Perilous Sea Journeys

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Geneva - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, say the deaths of 47 people who were onboard a boat heading to the Canary Islands from North Africa’s Atlantic coast highlight the urgent need for more support to prevent further tragedies at sea.

The boat left on 3 August carrying 54 people, including three children. After two days at sea, engine failure left passengers stranded without food or water for nearly a fortnight. When located by the Mauritanian coast guard on 16 August, only seven people were alive on board.

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IOM Supports Response to Earthquake in Haiti

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Port-au-Prince – As Haiti struggles to cope in the aftermath of a deadly weekend earthquake, the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) relief efforts to support national authorities are now also focusing on finding safe buildings where thousands of displaced residents can shelter from an approaching storm likely to cause flash flooding and mudslides.

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Safety of Afghans and Humanitarian Access Must be Top Priorities

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been following with great concern the developments in Afghanistan and the grave consequences for displaced people and civilians needing humanitarian assistance, in a country already severely affected by years of conflict and drought.   

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IOM Director General Calls for Enhanced Support for Northern Mozambique

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Pemba, Cabo Delgado – International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General António Vitorino is on a three-day visit to Mozambique to assess and support the humanitarian response to ongoing displacement due to insecurity, as well as IOM’s interventions on recovery, community resilience and peacebuilding.  

The Director General has visited Metuge district, which hosts over 125,000 of the more than 732,000 individuals displaced since late 2017.  

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IOM Says USD 27 Million Urgently Needed for Shelter Help in Ethiopia's Tigray Region

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Addis Ababa – The Ethiopia Emergency Shelter and Non-Food Item (ES/NFI) Cluster led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today USD 27 million is urgently needed to continue providing emergency shelter and other assistance for those internally displaced in Tigray. 

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More Funding to Boost Migrant Return and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Djibouti – New funding from the European Union (EU) will help the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners accelerate assisted voluntary return and reintegration of vulnerable and stranded migrants in the Horn of Africa, a region with some of the world’s busiest and most perilous migration routes. 

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Migrants Warned of Dangers of Land Mines on the Balkan Route

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Sarajevo – Migrants attempting to cross into Western Europe via the so-called Balkan route face several risks including drowning, abuse, exploitation and gender-based violence. Added to that is the risk posed by land mines. 

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre estimates that there are 180,000 unexploded mines left over from the wars of the 1990s. Over 130,000 have been removed, and 617 lives have been lost. A migrant died in a land mine explosion over the border in Croatia earlier this year, illustrating the need for outreach on the dangers of mines. 

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IOM Launches Country Strategy for Mozambique

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Maputo – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) today launched the Country Strategy for Mozambique, culminating a development process undertaken jointly with the Government of Mozambique and development partners. The strategy lays out programming plans for the 2021-2023 period, focused around three strategic priorities: Migration Governance, Promoting Resilience and Durable Solutions, and Humanitarian Preparedness and Response.

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Humanitarian Flight Safely Returns Ethiopian Migrants From Yemen

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:20

Sana’a/Addis Ababa – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), with the authorities in Sana’a, Yemen, and the Government of Ethiopia, successfully transported 79 Ethiopian migrants, including 19 women and 14 children to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today (03/08) in its first Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) flight from Sana’a since 2019.

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IOM Appeals for USD 15 Million for Critical Needs of Families Affected by Haiti Earthquake

Mon, 08/23/2021 - 10:53

Port Au Prince – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a flash appeal for USD 15 million to help Haitian authorities with housing, temporary shelter, mental health support and COVID-19 prevention for some 137,000 families left critically vulnerable by the recent earthquake that struck southern Haiti.

According to official figures, the 7.2-magnitude earthquake has already left  2,207 dead, more than 12,000 injured, nearly 53,000 buildings collapsed, and another 77,000 severely damaged.

"For the first months alone, we need at least USD 15 million to provide housing support, help affected Haitians return to their homes, and ensure they have essential means for subsistence," said Federica Cecchet, IOM's Deputy Head of Mission in Haiti.

Just 48 hours after the earthquake on 14 August, IOM set up bases in each of the most affected areas and now has additional hubs in Jeremie (Grand’Anse), Les Cayes (Sud) and Miragoane (Nippes). It is using satellite imagery to analyse damage assessments and thousands of plastic sheets, hygiene kits, blankets, collapsible jerry cans, and kitchen sets have already been distributed to help maintain minimum living conditions for affected families. IOM also has a team of engineers supporting structural assessment work in the affected municipalities in southern Haiti.

Cecchet said information management was also a priority and the appeal funds would generate timely and accurate information on the displaced population in the Southern departments of Sud, Grand'Anse, and Nippes.

IOM has deployed its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team to track the movement and needs of the affected populations and map conditions in shelters. This information will facilitate humanitarian programming, as well as prioritize the tasks of a range of humanitarian partners, including beneficiary selection, logistics planning, and the identification of the specific needs of those in particularly vulnerable situations.

IOM also aims to provide mental health care and psychosocial support for families, with special consideration for women and girls, through on-site psychologists. IOM's psychologists are trained in Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and provide targeted support to those affected by the earthquake. Those unable to receive or directly access this assistance can also use IOM's dedicated hotline. The 840 toll-free number was created to receive psychosocial support, obtain information and register complaints, among others.

Insecurity has hindered aid delivery to some communities and IOM plans to implement locally driven, sustainable initiatives to ensure help reaches the most needy.

"IOM's community stabilization approach stresses flexibility and responsiveness to evolving needs," says Cecchet. "Cash for work has also proved effective during a crisis, laying the foundation for durable solutions and contributing to community stabilization."

 

IOM’s Global Crisis Response Platform provides an overview of IOM’s plans and funding requirements to respond to the evolving needs and aspirations of those impacted by, or at risk of, crisis and displacement in 2021 and beyond. The Platform is regularly updated as crises evolve, and new situations emerge. 

For details on IOM's Haiti Flash Appeal, please click here.

For more information, please contact Elise Sophie Golay at IOM Haiti, Email egolay@iom.int, Tel: +509 44 98 1907

Language English Posted: Monday, August 23, 2021 - 16:39Image: Region-Country: HaitiDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM is supporting Haitian authorities in their response to assist the most affected communities. Photo: IOM

Press Release Type: Globaltags 2021: Crisis Response
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