A file picture shows a Somali refugee carrying her child at the UNHCR-run Kharaz refugee camp in Aden, Yemen Photo: ANSA
A file picture shows a Somali refugee carrying her child at the UNHCR-run Kharaz refugee camp in Aden, Yemen Photo: ANSA

The Somali government, together with the EU and IOM has launched an initiative to support returnee migrants as they integrate back into their country of origin.

The Somali government, the European Union and the International Organization for Migration have launched an initiative to support the reintegration of returnee migrants stranded in third countries. The project is called "Reintegration Facility" and is funded by the EU. It will help 1,000 Ethiopians to return home from Somalia.

"Helping young Somalis to return home in safety after often horrific migration experiences and then to settle back and contribute to their communities … lies at the heart of this program," said Mariam Yassin, Special Envoy for Migrants' and Children's Rights in the Somali government. 

Project to promote dignified reintegration 

The project will increase the capacities of partner countries and relevant stakeholders to develop or strengthen return and reintegration policies and processes; facilitate safe, humane and dignified assisted voluntary return processes; and facilitate sustainable reintegration across three dimensions: successful economic reintegration and strengthened livelihoods, social reintegration and psycho-social reintegration.

The program is part of the larger EU-IOM 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, has been set up in close cooperation with 26 African countries.

Joint initiative for migrants 

"For the program to be truly effective in supporting returning migrants and their communities, it must be a 'joint initiative' between all stakeholders," said Dyane Epstein, IOM Somalia's Chief of Mission, during the launch, The Joint Initiative aims to develop further this essential close co-operation to facilitate safe, humane and dignified Voluntary Return and Reintegration, she continued. Anders Djurfeldt from the EU Delegation said "It is our collective responsibility to help those who want to return, not only with assistance to travel home, but also with support to reintegrate them with their host communities."


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