Botswana

Operations, Emergencies and Post-crisis

Botswana’s disaster risk and hazard profile describes the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters such as floods, fires and drought. In an effort to enhance preparedness and build resilience, IOM will continue its partnership with the Government of Botswana in the area of disaster risk management and camp coordination and camp management.

IOM will also continue to strengthen relations with the SADC Secretariat’s Disaster Risk Reduction Unit in an effort to broaden the scope of IOM’s disaster risk reduction initiatives in southern Africa.

Target populations

  • Governments and regional bodies
  • Local NGOs and CSOs

Migration Health

IOM is currently reviewing and developing its migration and health approach and programming for 2014 and beyond. This includes ongoing advocacy and awareness-raising efforts that seek to ultimately ensure that migrants enjoy unhindered access to health care in Botswana.

IOM conducts health assessments and provides travel health assistance for Government-funded refugees accepted for resettlement to Australia, the United States and other resettlement countries, as requested.

Target populations

  • Governments and regional bodies
  • Local NGOs and CSOs
  • Media

Immigration and Border Management

IOM will continue to support the Government of Botswana in its efforts to enhance the efficiency and professionalism of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship through various capacity-building initiatives, including the conduct of training and information exchange, particularly with neighbouring countries.

Target populations

  • Governments and regional bodies

Migrant Assistance

Botswana is in the process of finalizing its anti-human trafficking legislation. Once the law is passed, IOM will assist the Government to raise awareness of its contents and also to build the capacity of various stakeholders. IOM will also support the Government to set up mechanisms and institutions provided for in the legislation. Building on efforts that are already underway, IOM will continue to strengthen the Government’s capacity to respond to irregular and mixed migration.

IOM will also assist the Government to come up with effective screening and referral mechanisms to identify and assist vulnerable migrants, particularly focusing on unaccompanied minors and children, as well as the elderly. IOM will also seek to raise awareness and build capacity around alternatives to detention and deportation.

Target populations

  • Governments and regional bodies
  • Migrants/Migrant type
  • Local NGOs and CSOs
  • Media

Labour Migration and Human Development

Botswana has seen a vast increase in the number of semi- and lower-skilled workers coming into the country over the years, many as undocumented migrants from Zimbabwe. IOM seeks to assist the Government to identify, create and support labour migration channels and systems that address labour and skills shortages in targeted industries while promoting the rights of migrant workers. This process will be supported with awareness-raising initiatives targeting migrants and host communities, as well as government officials and prospective employers. As part of capacity-building and technical support to the Government, efforts will be made to ensure that labour migration issues are incorporated into and reflected in the migration policy currently under development. This necessitates a review of current labour migration, policy, trends and practices.

Target populations

  • Governments and regional bodies
  • Migrants and vulnerable populations
  • Media
  • Private sector

Migration Policy and Research

The Government of Botswana has requested IOM’s technical and financial support towards the development of the national migration policy. The support provided will include capacity-building through the conduct of training, awareness-raising, and consultation. This will be complemented with a country migration profile.

IOM also seeks to assist the Government to strengthen its data collection and management capacity and systems.

Target populations

  • Governments and regional bodies
  • Local NGOs and CSOs
  • Private sector