Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 February 2011

New Initiative to Assist Migrants Stranded in Tanzania





New Initiative to Assist Migrants Stranded in Tanzania



ARUSHA, Tanzania, February 8, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Press Briefing Note

IOM and the Tanzanian government are this week launching an initiative to assist irregular migrants stranded in the country.

The launch on 10 February will be attended by the Japanese Ambassador to Tanzania, Hiroshi Nakagawa, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mbarak Abduwakil, Regional Commissioner, Said Said Kalembo and IOM Chief of Mission in Tanzania, Pär Liljert.

The programme, funded by the Japanese government, seeks to address some of the consequences of the increasingly large numbers of irregular migrants travelling through Tanzania from the Horn of Africa to South Africa and beyond. Many of the migrants become stranded en route and there is a growing need to provide emergency assistance to them including temporary shelter and medical care, as well as repatriation services for voluntary returnees.
IOM has already assisted more than 1,400 Ethiopian stranded migrants with voluntarily return and reintegration services since 2009, also with Japanese funding.

The programme will also provide training to relevant border authorities so they can provide appropriate assistance and referral services to stranded migrants.

In addition, regional immigration offices in Tanga and Arusha have been constructed and refurbished in order to host 150 irregular migrants with special rooms dedicated for women and children. The lack of adequate facilities to host irregular migrants intercepted on Tanzanian territory has proved to be a major challenge for the authorities.

Most of the irregular migrants are detected along Tanzania’s land and sea border areas. According to the 2009 IOM study “In Pursuit of the Southern Dream”, between 17,000-20,000 irregular migrants, mostly male and primarily from the Horn of Africa, are smuggled every year through Tanzania en route to South Africa and beyond. However, many never reach their final destination.


International Office of Migration (IOM)


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