129 Sudanese Migrants Return Home from Libya under EU-IOM Joint Initiative
On 8th August 2018, a group of Sudanese migrants arrived back in Sudan from Libya with IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s support. IOM worked with Libyan and Sudanese authorities to facilitate their voluntary return via an IOM charter flight. Under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration
The migrants were welcomed at Khartoum International airport by the Secretariat for Sudanese Working Abroad (SSWA) and IOM. The joint team conducted arrival registration and provided hygiene kits, which include sanitary items for women, and refreshments to the returning migrants. The IOM medical team also conducted a rapid health screening and attended to urgent medical cases.
IOM’s return assistance under the Joint Initiative uses an integrated approach to reintegration that address returnees’ economic, social and psychosocial needs, while fostering the inclusion of communities of return in reintegration planning and support whenever possible.
During the next few weeks, the Sudanese returnees will receive individual counselling to determine each person’s needs. Those requiring further medical or psychosocial assistance will be referred to the relevant facilities for specialised care. Returnees will undergo basic entrepreneurship training before receiving individual in-kind economic reintegration assistance.
“We welcome these migrants back home. As they begin a new chapter in life, IOM and its partners will work tirelessly to provide the required assistance to support their return home,” said Andrew Gray, IOM Sudan Head of Migration Management and Development Unit.
Looking ahead, community projects, a key part of IOM’s reintegration support, will be implemented in those localities with larger numbers of returnees.
This return assistance is part of the EU-funded Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration which facilitates orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration management through the development of rights-based and development-focused policies and processes on protection and sustainable reintegration. The EU-IOM Joint Initiative, backed by the EU Trust Fund, with a budget of EUR 25 million for the Horn of Africa, covers and has been set up in close cooperation with a total of 26 African countries.
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