Addressing Human Trafficking, Kidnapping and Smuggling of Persons in Sudan Mid year (Jan-Jun 2017)

Sudan is at the centre of the East African migration route towards North Africa and Europe. Over the past decade, hundreds of irregular migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees have been transiting through Sudan every month, with some choosing to seek asylum in the country. Those on the move are mostly young Eritrean Tigrinya speakers from urban areas, but they also include Ethiopians, Somalis, South Sudanese and Syrians. Exit visa requirements from Eritrea, socio-economic challenges and protection concerns within Sudan, are often cited as reasons for moving on. They are also compelled to rely on smugglers to arrange their travel in order to seek safety in Eastern Sudan refugee camps or to move elsewhere in Sudan and beyond.

IOM Sudan Mid Year Humanitarian Summary 2017

During the first six months of 2017, against the backdrop of these global processes and the country’s complex context; IOM, equipped with the relevant knowledge and expertise, provided humanitarian assistance to over half a million people in Sudan. During these six months, IOM Sudan also extended its geographical coverage to areas that were previously inaccessible due to security or other factors. The humanitarian assistance included providing improved emergency and transitional shelters, non-food items (ES/NFI), health and nutrition support, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; which catered to the emergency needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, resettlement of refugees; as well as durable solutions for host communities and other vulnerable affected populations. 

National Conference on Youth Migration report March 2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Sudanese Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and in collaboration with the Secretariat of Sudanese Working Abroad (SSWA) organized the first youth conference in Sudan. This event was supported through generous funding from The US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) through the “Addressing Irregular Migration Flows and Upholding Human Rights of Migrants along the North-Eastern African Migration Route and North Africa Project” NOAH III, and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) through the “Enhancing Sudan’sTechnical Capacity on Migration Management Project”.

IOM Sudan Annual report 2016

In 2016, IOM continued to assist people on the move across the country and beyond. With a commitment to improve the lives of migrants, IOM provided emergency humanitarian assistance to more than 1.8 million people among the 4.6 million affected population identified in the UN’s 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan for Sudan. The year was also marked by new innovative programming that supported recovery, strengthened stability, and promoted peace as a main factor for development and building social cohesion to avert future conflicts.

MCOF Sudan 2017 - 2019

In an effort to support the Government of Sudan (GoS) and its people to address the challenges and opportunities before, during and after a migration crisis, the IOM mission to Sudan has developed its Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF) for 2017/2019 to align its programmatic development and approaches with the principles and objectives of good migration governance. This comprehensive document lays the ground work to address current and foreseen needs in the coming years in Sudan.