The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has requested an additional 900,000 francs ($5 million) under the UN's Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) to support its work with Ethiopian refugees in Djibouti, the organisation said in a press release Tuesday (March 26th).
More than 100,000 migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia traverse Djibouti annually, but IOM Djibouti has received no funds from CAP so far. Other humanitarian agencies have received only 6% of their requested 13 million francs ($72 million) in operating costs for 2013.
The funds will go towards education and outreach on the risks of irregular migration and trafficking in remote and border areas, and for operations at the Migrant Response Centre (MRC) in Obock, where migrants can access counselling services, hygiene resources and medical support.
The MRC also refers migrants to the district hospitals in Tadjoura and Obock, and assists those wishing to return home under its Assisted Voluntary Return programme. The IOM has helped 161 Ethiopians return home in the first three months of 2013, up from 69 in all of 2012. There are currently 20 migrants awaiting return to Ethiopia at the MRC in Obock.