Tanzania remains a stable country with little political conflict. As such, Tanzania is a destination country for many asylum seekers from countries including Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Flows into Tanzania from these populations are still quite heavy, causing at times some degree of friction between the host communities and the newcomers.
In 2018, IOM plans to continue to provide lifesaving assistance to asylum seekers. Both through transportation and pre-embarkation medical checks, IOM Tanzania ensures that asylum seekers are cared for to the highest standard. Especially by providing regular pre-embarkation medical checks, IOM ensures that any potential spread of diseases remains contained and people are given the necessary care. Furthermore, IOM is also providing transport assistance in the Assisted Voluntary Repatriation operations, which have been supporting the return and sustainable reintegration of Burundian refugees to their home country.
IOM is working with UNHCR to ensure that movements are sufficiently coordinated. IOM is part of the Working Group for the Refugee Operation Working Group (ROWG). Included in this working group are the Ministry of Home Affairs, fellow UN agencies including UNICEF and WFP, but also non-UN agencies, such as the Danish Refugee Council or Plan International, to name a few.