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UNAIDS and IOM sign agreement to improve access to HIV services for migrants

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and IOM are today signing a new cooperation agreement to overcome HIV-related challenges faced by many migrants.

The agreement seeks to integrate human rights and the needs of migrants and mobile populations into national and regional HIV responses and ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. 

IOM Stands Ready to Assist Zimbabweans Returned from South Africa

Zimbabwe – IOM and partners have begun to implement a contingency plan to provide humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwean migrants who may be forcibly returned from South Africa this year following the end of a regularization campaign on 31 December 2010.

Hundreds of thousands of irregular Zimbabwean migrants could face deportation from South Africa as only about a sixth of the estimated Zimbabwean irregular migrant population applied for legal status.

Children’s Art Competition in South Africa Embraces Diversity and Commemorates International Migrants Day

IOM is holding a two-day art competition for children in South Africa to celebrate the diversity that migrants bring to the country.

Invest Now for Tomorrow’s Migration, Says IOM’s 2010 World Migration Report

Geneva – The world will be taken by surprise by the relentless pace of migration unless States, international organizations and civil society make a concerted effort to invest in how they respond to it, says the World Migration Report (WMR) 2010 launched today by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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States Pledge to Intensify Cooperation on Refugee Protection and Mixed Migration

The conference was convened in light of the growing number of refugees and irregular migrants moving southwards from the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region to South Africa and the need to ensure a coordinated and effective response by governments and civil society.

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IOM and Partners Plan Response to Potential Xenophobic Violence

“I cannot risk the life of my family while trying to watch the World Cup final”, said Ellias, a 26 old Zimbabwean from Gwanda, who is married with two children. He was passing through Musina on his way from Mamelodi Township near Pretoria.

Over the weekend, IOM conducted interviews with returning migrants on the Zimbabwean side of the border, with more than 90% of the 140 interviewed stating they had fled threats of violence and 10% stating that they had already suffered xenophobic violence prior to their departure.

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