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  • Contribution to the Development of an effective Response to Mixed Migrations in the Horn of Africa - Yemen, and Great Lakes Region

    Reference

    DCI-MIGR 2010/ 252-561 -Thematic Programme for Migration and Asylum

    Countries/Regions

    Somalia and Yemen

    Promoter

    Danish Refugee Council (Dansk Flygtningehjaelpinitiatives)

    Budget

    2.500.000€ (2.000.000€ of EU contribution)

    Timeframe

    From 01/12/2010 to 31/03/2013

    Partners

    IOM Puntland, IOM Yemen, Swiss Development Cooperation (Associate)

    Objectives and results

    The aim of the project was to enhance the protection of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have been displaced in the Horn of Africa and notably across the Gulf of Aden or Red Sea to Yemen by strengthening the capacity of authorities in transit countries to address the smuggling and trafficking of migrants.

    The project aimed at informing beneficiaries, communities and governments on the rights of migrants by increasing understanding of the rights of migrants by these stakeholders. This should have contributed to stepping up the fight against discrimination in Somalia and Yemen.

    To that end, public awareness campaigns, workshops were implemented for opinion leaders and technical meetings for journalists. Other activities intended to promote the rights of migrants in partner countries involving daily protection monitoring patrols and referrals.

    A hotline for migrant and refugee information and protection was also established. Particular attention was paid to building the capacity of Yemeni authorities to receive and manage mixed migration flows through training, development of documentation, and awareness raising.

    The reintegration of returnees was  promoted by offering screening sessions informing about and discussing conditions of return and by providing potential returnees with vocational training.

    Further information

    Thomas Nixon Hvas, Danish Refugee Council, Desk Officer, Horn of Africa and Yemen - thomas.nixon.hvas@drc.dk

    Tags

    Law enforcement