Japan provides $19.9 million to support IOM operations in 2022 – World

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Tokyo – The Japanese government has allocated $19.9 million to support the humanitarian operations of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2022. With this funding, IOM will implement projects to help vulnerable migrants , including internally displaced persons, refugees, returnees and communities affected by COVID-19, conflicts and crises around the world.

Projects implemented by IOM through this funding engage with a range of key migration-related issues. As the world grapples with multiple conflicts, natural disasters and COVID-19, humanitarian assistance to migrants and communities to support safe and orderly migration is urgently required.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 60% of the funds must be used, IOM implements emergency responses to natural disasters, displacements and the pandemic.

In Asia, emergency assistance and improving public health will be at the center of IOM’s projects in response to COVID-19.

In the Middle East and North Africa, Japanese-funded projects are expected to meet the growing demand for assistance for vulnerable populations, including internally displaced persons (IDPs).

“IOM is very grateful for the generous and long-standing support of the Japanese government which will ensure the continuation of much-needed programs and initiatives that will help alleviate ongoing global migration and other challenges,” said the Director General of IOM, António Vitorino.

“Through this funding, IOM will continue to provide essential life-saving assistance to those who need it most.”

IOM’s programs funded by Japan include improving government capacity in integrated border management and strengthening government health response capacity, especially at points of entry and border areas. With COVID-19 still prevalent in many parts of the world, particularly in conflict-affected regions, displaced populations are increasingly at risk. Japan’s generous contribution will enable IOM to mitigate these negative impacts and help kick-start reconstruction efforts.

For more information, please contact Yuko Goto at IOM Tokyo, Email: [email protected] or Itayi Viriri at IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Tel: +66 65 939 0934 , Email: [email protected] whole

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