IOM, in coordination with regional authorities and UN partners, has successfully completed a pilot evacuation programme on foot aimed at decongesting Kagunga, a small village on the Tanzania-Burundi border, currently hosting an estimated 50,000 Burundian refugees.
So far, humanitarian access to Kagunga is only possible by boat from the Tanzanian side of Lake Tanganyika. Initially two boats travelling the 60 kilometer stretch from Kagunga to Kigoma would carry 600 people on a daily basis, but that number has now risen to 1,500 as more people flee political violence in Burundi.
IOM Tanzania and the MoFAIC welcomed a group of 53 Tanzanian nationals and their families who fled from the continuing crisis in Yemen to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. IOM provided food, shelter and air transport assistance to help a group of 14 individuals who had fled to Jeddah to return home. The MoFAIC assisted and provided air tickets for the group of 39 who were temporarily housed in Muscat.
The Tanzanian Immigration Department with support by the International Organization for Migration has registered more than 22,000 migrants in the first-of-its-kind ‘pilot’ migrant registration exercise, which it launched in Kigoma region on December 1st 2014.
From 5-7 November 2013, senior government representatives from Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa, as well as representatives from IOM and UNHCR, came together in Zanzibar to discuss the challenges associated with mixed migratory flows from the Horn to South Africa through Kenya and Tanzania. This, one-of-a-kind ‘Migration Dialogue’, convened by IOM Tanzania through funding from the government of Japan gave government representatives and other stakeholders a platform to discuss cross-regional migration challenges.
“It is both necessary and desirable that governments have policies in place to maximize the positive relationship between migration and development, through engagement with the diaspora.” urged IOM Tanzania’s Chief of Mission, Mr. Damien Thuriaux at Tanzania’s first-ever Diaspora Conference. Mr.
To mark the first ever World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on the 30th of July, IOM joined the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in an educational outreach programme organized for students from selected schools in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzanian immigration officials successfully installed the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) at Kabanga One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at the Tanzanian-Burundian border. This was the result of the excellent partnership and close cooperation between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Tanzania Immigration Services Department (TISD). IOM, the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, has invested in developing Border Management Information Systems (BMIS) to respond to the challenges of border and migration management globally.
IOM Tanzania has assisted eight stranded Madagascan migrants to voluntarily return to their homes. The migrants were on a journey from Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, to Nosy Be, a small Madagascan Island in the Indian Ocean, when their boat was swept by a storm and capsized. The Madagascans were found and rescued by Tanzania’s Coastal Guards at Mtwara Seaport, Tanzania.
IOM Holds Workshop to Promote the Engagement of Women in the Diaspora for the Development of Tanzania
The two-day workshop will take place in Zanzibar on 25th and 26th June 2014. It will explore a number of topics, including the organization of women in the Diaspora, their contributions in the form of knowledge and skills transfer as well as remittances, current challenges and priorities for women in the Diaspora and how their contributions to development in Tanzania can be maximized.