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20 February 2018

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The return operation was preceded by a survey conducted among the displaced population. © IOM

IOM DRC Assists Returnees, Displaced Families in Tanganyika, Welcomes Additional Funding from Sweden

Posted on Tue. February 20, 2018​

Kalemie – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) successfully carried out the first voluntary return operation from Tanganyika Province on 17 February. The return operation was preceded by a survey conducted among the internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the collective center EP La Gloire, a school located in Kalemie, Tanganyika’s provincial capital. The survey revealed that 30 households intended to return voluntarily to their area of origin, and 891 households wanted to be transferred to another displacement site in Kalemie. 

The operation was carefully planned alongside the humanitarian community and Congolese authorities. The day of the operations, another 71 households expressed their wish to return voluntarily to their area of origin instead of being transferred to another displacement site. IOM, acting swiftly and in close collaboration with the Congolese authorities, was able to finally return 102 households to the Kasanga-Mtoa area, for a total of 230 returnees.

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IOM staff supporting Iraqi internally displaced persons who continue to return home. © IOM

Reconstruction Needed as Displaced Iraqis Continue to Return: IOM Iraq

Posted on Tue. February 20, 2018​

Kuwait –  As the recent Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq came to a close, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reported that internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq continue to return home by the thousands.

According to IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report, as of 31 January 2018 more than 3.3 million Iraqis have returned to their areas of origin, while nearly 2.5 million people continue to live in displacement. New IOM figures show that return movements are ongoing – in January another 125,000 returnees were identified – mainly to the four governorates of Ninewa, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk and Anbar.

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Migration in the News

  • Voice of America reported about the stories of horror of the nearly dozen Somali migrants who were repatriated to Mogadishu from Libya on Saturday.
  • The New York Times reported that migrants are increasingly visible in Brussels, around train stations, in public squares and parks, sometimes sleeping in the streets and most of them are Sudanese, according to estimates.
  • Nigeria’s The Nation reported that despite accusations of slavery in Libya, Nigerian migrants are still flocking to the North African country to reach Europe.
  • Devex reported that severe weather could further devastate an already dire situation in Cox’s Bazar, where aid groups are scrambling to better prepare the overcrowded, hilly Rohingya refugee settlements for flooding and landslides.
  • MENAFN reported that the Government of Japan will provide Ukraine with $3.6 million to meet humanitarian needs, support vulnerable segments of the population and restore the eastern regions.
  • Bloomberg reported that Ukraine’s economic growth has slowed for four straight quarters as 7 percent of the workforce left Ukraine since 2015.
  • Antara News reported that the Indonesian Manpower Ministry is cooperating with IOM to protect migrant workers, particularly against human trafficking crimes.
  • Xinhua reported that as Namibia battles with the Hepatitis E outbreak, hair traders operating in Havana informal settlement in the capital Windhoek say the outbreak is crippling their ventures.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported about The One Day Without Us campaign from London to Edinburgh to Birmingham which aims to celebrate the contributions of migrants in the UK and to stand against hatred, xenophobia and intolerance.
  • Canada’s CBC reported that Canada is opposed to Israel's plan to deport or imprison thousands of African asylum seekers and has officially registered its concerns.


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