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UK Partners With IOM to Provide Support to Boost Trade Links Across Southern Africa During Covid-19 Pandemic

The UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge MP is in Zambia this week, where he has been meeting businesses, trade bodies and the Minister for Finance to discuss UK support to boost trade links across Southern Africa – including measures to ensure traders can do business safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“From farmers selling their crops at regional markets, to growing African businesses exporting to global markets, traders across Southern African are an important and growing driver of regional business, investment and prosperity”, said James Duddridge MP, Minister for Africa.

Press Release - IOM Facilitates assistance to Zimbabweans in South Africa stranded by COVID-19 related National Lockdown

Pretoria, 6 May 2020 – Following the first case of COVID-19 reported in South Africa on 5 March 2020, the Government declared a State of National Disaster, followed by a nationwide lockdown announcement on 26 March 2020. Nearly a month and a half into the ongoing lockdown, and at a current total of 8,232 COVID-19 reported cases, with 161 deaths and 3,153 recoveries (7 May 2020), the Government of South Africa gradually established socio-economic mechanisms to alleviate the brunt of the lockdown modalities on the various vulnerable demographics in the nation.

South African Youths Visit Ethiopia to Better Understand Migration Dynamics

South African Youths Visit Ethiopia to Better Understand Migration Dynamics


Addis Ababa – This week (03-06/09) the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in South Africa is supporting an educational visit to the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as part of the organization's  efforts to increase awareness of migration as a key driver in the development agenda. This visit is a culmination of preparatory work dating back to the Mkhaya Migrant Award Essay Competition of 2016.

IOM Assists Vulnerable Malawians with Voluntary Return and Reintegration Assistance from Durban, South Africa

Pretoria – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), through its Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) initiative, has supported the voluntary return of 53 Malawians Vulnerable to Violence, from Durban, South Africa to Malawi.


Following the outbreak of violence in KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, where several Malawian nationals were also affected and left stranded, IOM, through its AVRR project, stepped in to provide voluntary return assistance to those who expressed willingness to return to their country of origin.


Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 5,989 in 2019; Deaths Reach 208

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 5,989 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first 30 days of 2019, a slight decrease from the 6,550 arriving during the same period last year.



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International Organization for Migration announces essay and multimedia competition in partnership with the Department of Home Affairs


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is proud to partner with the Department of Home Affairs for the 2016 Mkhaya Migrant Awards. IOM’s core mandate is to promote humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. We strive to do this by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people.

IOM and stakeholders embark on a 5km march against human trafficking


Stakeholders from Government and Civil Society took to the streets of Tshwane to raise their voice against the trafficking of persons on October 13th.

Mercy House in partnership with the International Organization for Migration, the Department of Social Development, the City of Tshwane, the Department of Home Affairs, marched throughout the city on a five kilometre march, raising public awareness on an issue that is not given enough public attention.

Johannesburg Students Launch Social Media Campaign to Combat Human Trafficking

IOM, in partnership with University of Johannesburg (UJ) strategic communications students, has rolled out a week-long social media campaign across South Africa for Human Trafficking Week, 3-7 October 2016.

The campaign forms part of the university’s annual strategic communications curriculum and is included in student assessment. This type of collaboration gives the students an opportunity to be involved with complex social issues such as human trafficking.

IOM celebrates Mandela Day with boys from Tshitandani shelter and Casa Caritas receives their wish list items


The International Organization for Migration in partnership with Save the Children visited Tshitandani Child Care Foundation in Tshikota village, Makhado in Limpopo Province to celebrate Mandela Day.

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July 2009. It was inspired by Mandela’s call a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.