The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak and the measures employed to contain it caused extensive damage to the already fragile Guinean socio-economic environment, reversing the economic/social gains the country had made in recent years. As a consequence, Guineans, especially the youth (constituting about 45% of the population), who were previously employed have lost their jobs. As a consequence, many sought migration opportunities in other countries and to Europe in search of employment and better lives, however many were trapped en route in Libya. The end of the EVD outbreak coupled with the difficult conditions in Libya and other transit countries weigh in the decision to return home.
In 2018, IOM plans to carry out programs that will facilitate the sustainable reintegration and stabilization of the returned migrants and their respective communities. This will be done by using three different approaches:
1. Protection: IOM will work with the relevant ministries/NGOs to provide in-kind support and non-food items (NFIs) to meet specific needs of vulnerable migrants including children and victims of trafficking.
2. Livelihoods recovery: IOM will support the recovery of small-holder farmers and traders in areas of high population out-migration and return through livelihoods recovery support. Beneficiaries will be given the opportunity to choose from a range of market-oriented support including options such as agricultural inputs, tools and equipment, cash grants, cash for assets and training.
3. Community infrastructure: IOM will provide small in-kind grants to community-based organizations for the rehabilitation of community infrastructure in areas of high out-migration and return including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.
IOM Guinea is the leading organization with regards to supporting the voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of migrants. IOM works with relevant government agencies and CBOs/NGOs in this regard. With current staff strength of 104 and four sub offices, IOM is equipped with the human and operational capacities to carry out these activities.
Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 5,000 migrant returnees in 300 communities
Contact Information: Contact Contact the Donor Relations Division Tel: +41.22.717.9111
Activities to Support Community Stabilization and Transition
Amount Requested: USD 3,200,000 Amount Received: USD 0
Shelter and Non-food items
Amount Requested: USD 850,000 Amount Received: USD 0