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31 May 2018

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Helping Somali migrants stranded in Libya to return home. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Helps Somali Migrants Return Home from Libya

Tripoli/Mogadishu – Yesterday (30/05), IOM, the International Organization for Migration, in collaboration with the Libyan and Somali Governments and with support from the European Union, facilitated the voluntary return to Mogadishu of 150 Somali migrants stranded in Libya. The majority of them had been held in Government-run detention centres.

Migrants in Libya are exposed to numerous risks, including smuggling, trafficking, kidnapping, abuse, detention and torture. Through the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), IOM has tracked over 660,000 migrants in Libya. However, the true number could be closer to one million people. 

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IOM opens a country office in Moroni, Comoros to support the implementation of migration management initiatives. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Opens Office in Moroni, Union of Comoros

Moroni  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, this week (29/05), opened a country office in Moroni, the capital of the Union of Comoros to support the implementation of the Government of the Comoros’ National Development Framework (SCA2D) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). IOM will assist in the implementation of various migration management initiatives in support of the 2030 Agenda /Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Migration is an essential feature of the history and social fabric of Comoros, and migration remains a topic of high relevance and priority in the national development strategy. With a population of about 807,000 and an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 of its nationals living abroad, the engagement of the Comorian diaspora for national development is – among other topics – an area that IOM will contribute technical expertise to enhance the institutional capacity building of the Comorian Government, United Nations partners, and national stakeholders.

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