Qasim Sufi, IOM Chief of Missions, said the organization was deeply concerned by the crisis, especially the steady flow of migrants on the Ethiopia-Kenya-Tanzania-South Africa migration route.

He was speaking in Tanzania’s northern tourist town of Arusha at the start of IOM’s meeting to discuss human trafficking between the Horn of Africa and southern Africa.

“With the financial support from the EU, we will be able to assist voluntary return and reintegration of 500 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Tanzania by the end of this year,” he told government officials from Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and IOM missions.

Sufi called on countries affected to enhance communication and information sharing, noting that IOM was committed to supporting the initiative by facilitating more collaboration in mitigating challenges of mixed migration flows.

He said although the flows of illegal aliens along the route kept on rising, IOM believed it was not impossible to break the cycle of irregular migration, detention and deportation.

“We believe that a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach is needed which includes prevention, response and post-response actions to combat irregular migration,” he said.

However, Sufi admitted that migration flows were complex in nature and constantly changing.

He added that IOM, an intergovernmental organization in the field of migration established in 1951, was ready to assist countries affected by the crisis in enhancing dialogue at the cross-border and regional levels “within and outside the framework of existing dialogue processes”.

With 165 member states, the organization is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all by providing services and advice to governments on how to contain the challenges encountered. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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