Mogadishu - The EU funded "Reintegration Facility" project was launched in an event hosted by the Somali Government, the EU and the IOM. The project activities in Somalia will assist approximately 1,000 Somalis who are stranded in African countries to return voluntarily to their homes and to be reintegrated in their communities . The project will also assist 1,000 Ethiopians to return from Somalia and reintegrate in their home country.
“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 programme” – Mariam Yassin, Special Envoy for Migrants’ and Children’s rights of the Republic of Somalia.
Collective responsibility to act and support migrants in need
During the launch, Dyane Epstein, IOM Somalia’s Chief of Mission, said that she was delighted to see participants from so many important organisations present because, “for the programme to be truly effective in supporting returning migrants and their communities, it must be a ‘joint initiative’ between all stakeholders.” The ‘Joint Initiative’ will be aiming to develop further this essential close co-operation to facilitate safe, humane and dignified Voluntary Return and Reintegration.
Ambassador Maria Lorenzo, Head of the EU Delegation, pointed out that "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 in their communities". 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 among partner countries; and facilitate sustainable reintegration across three dimensions: successful economic reintegration and strengthened livelihoods, social reintegration and psycho-social reintegration.
The programme 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, covers and has been set up in close cooperation with a total of 26 African countries