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Blantyre, Malawi – “My children are being supported through my projects of poultry, brick construction, and farming. Each project supports the other and, in this way, money is readily available,” says Cryford Nyangulu, a Malawian...

Ndeja Camp, Sofala Province – A season has passed since Category-4 Cyclone Idai devastated and displaced an estimated 1.85 million individuals across Mozambique’s coastal Sofala province and into Central Mozambique. In that time...

Windhoek, Namibia – “In today’s world, migration trends are rapidly evolving, thereby necessitating a shift in approach by governments policy makers and development actors” These were the words of H.E. Dr. Hage...

Antananarivo – “All I wanted was to go home,” recalls a Malagasy woman in the capital of the island nation of Madagascar, off south-eastern Africa. She is one of the many victims of trafficking assisted by the International...

Maseru, 27-31 May 2019– Following the project launch for the ‘’Counter Trafficking and Addressing Irregular Migration through Strengthening Border and Migration Management, Sensitization on Trafficking in Persons and...

21 May 2019– The project launch for the ‘’Counter Trafficking and Addressing Irregular Migration through Strengthening Border and Migration Management, Sensitization on Trafficking in Persons and Building Capacity of...

IOM, Malawi, Mozambique Discuss Community-Based Reintegration for Returnees from South Africa

16 July 2019

Blantyre, Malawi – “My children are being supported through my projects of poultry, brick construction, and farming. Each project supports the other and, in this way, money is readily available,” says Cryford Nyangulu, a Malawian who returned to his native town of Mzuzu, from South Africa in October 2018.  

Mozambique: Resettling and Rebuilding After Cyclone Idai

09 July 2019

Ndeja Camp, Sofala Province – A season has passed since Category-4 Cyclone Idai devastated and displaced an estimated 1.85 million individuals across Mozambique’s coastal Sofala province and into Central Mozambique. In that time, technical experts of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have supported the Government’s humanitarian response by providing Shelter, Camp Management, Health, Protection and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in the districts of Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia. 

SADC MINISTERS ENDORSE RECOMMENDATIONS ON MIGRATION GOVERNANCE FOR THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGION

28 June 2019

Windhoek, Namibia – “In today’s world, migration trends are rapidly evolving, thereby necessitating a shift in approach by governments policy makers and development actors” These were the words of H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, when he officiated the opening of the Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) Ministerial meeting on 28 June 2019 in Windhoek, Namibia under the theme “Regional Migration Governance and Sustainable Development: Priorities for the Southern Africa Region”.

28 June 2019

Southern Africa is a region historically characterized by dynamic human mobility that contributes to countries’ economies and also livelihoods of communities. Even today, the interwoven solidarity and common vision among Southern African States continue to be the driving force towards regional integration and the overall socioeconomic development of the region. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is one of the development partners who have been operational in Southern Africa since the early 1990s; the Organization now has a solid regional footprint with presence in 15 SADC member States and continues to work closely with governments and various stakeholders on the multifaceted migration issues affecting the region.

Migration and human mobility have become the megatrend of the twenty-first century and one of the most topical and controversial issues of our time. With almost 250 million international migrants around the world, migrants constitute some 3 per cent of the world’s population, and all indications show that the phenomenon is most likely to be on the rise for decades to come.

Taking into consideration this reality, the approach of governments and the international community at large has evolved considerably over the last two decades when it comes to migration governance. As much as the issue remains an important aspect of national sovereignty, there is also a recognition that

effective migration governance and management requires a stronger international cooperation. There is also now a better analysis of the complex two-way relationship between migration and development – migration impacts development and vice versa – and better understanding that migration is a multisectoral and non-linear phenomenon that requires an integrated and holistic approach at all levels of governance. The inclusion of migration in the 2030 Development Agenda is the culmination of a decade-long process for the recognition of migration as an important element of development and a policy domain that is multidimensional in its essence. With the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the subsequent development of the Global Compact for Migration, the international community has made a bold declaration by bringing migration at the heart of multilateralism, like a number of other sociopolitical issues that require the collective commitment of all stakeholders.

It is against this backdrop that the IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa developed this Regional Strategy, which will serve as a blueprint for IOM’s programming in the region until 2023. The strategy is inspired by the IOM philosophy that migration is not a problem to be solved but a human reality to be managed, and if well managed, could be beneficial to countries of origin, transit and destination, as well as the migrants and society as a whole. The intended results captured in this strategy can only be reached through the collective efforts of all concerned stakeholders. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Member States and various partners for their continuous support and collaboration through the years. IOM stands ready to work with all stakeholders towards building a world where migration is a choice and not an act of desperation.

Charles Allan Kwenin

IOM Regional Director for Southern Africa

Johannesburg, 3 May 2019 – Supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)through the project titled as “Enhancing Coordination and Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Effectively Engage with Basotho Diaspora’’funded by IOM Development Fund (IDF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of the Kingdom of Lesotho planned three diaspora outreach forums in the Republic of South Africa, in close collaboration with other stakeholders, such as Lesotho National Development Corporation, Central Bank and private secto

US, IOM Support Madagascar Review of Multiyear Counter-Trafficking Efforts

07 June 2019

Antananarivo – “All I wanted was to go home,” recalls a Malagasy woman in the capital of the island nation of Madagascar, off south-eastern Africa. She is one of the many victims of trafficking assisted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) during the recent months’ upsurge in repatriation cases.  

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) remains a significant challenge here. According to research by IOM and its partners, women are particularly vulnerable and subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour in the domestic sector. 

LMPS CGPU Officers trained on TIP and Victim-centred investigation for Human Trafficking

31 May 2019

Maseru, 27-31 May 2019– Following the project launch for the ‘’Counter Trafficking and Addressing Irregular Migration through Strengthening Border and Migration Management, Sensitization on Trafficking in Persons and Building Capacity of Law Enforcement and Border Officials in Lesotho,’’ the first activity has started this week.

IOM Zimbabwe Supports Government Efforts to Improve Livelihoods Through Financial Literacy

Harare – Remittance payments from Zimbabweans toiling outside their country arrive here at a rate of about USD 2 million per day. That’s more than pocket change for a people who have suffered economic hardship through recent decades. However, besides cash coming home, many of the recipients of these funds need something more: life lessons on how to best leverage that support for their households.    

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World Migration Report 2018

Since 2000, IOM has been producing world migration reports. This World Migration Report 2018, the ninth in the world migration report series, has been produced to contribute to increased understanding of migration throughout the world. It presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues, and is structured to focus on two key contributions for readers. Read more