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Latest Updates on IOM operation in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia –The labour and human development unit celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the MIDA-FINNSOM programme

The health team rolled out Mother-led MUAC (mid-upper arm circumference) activity in Kismayo, to teach mothers and family members how to detect malnourished children

The community action plans were launched and sports events were held in Adale and Mataban

139 Somalis were received and assisted in Berbera and provided with medical health care

A validation workshop was held for the standardized operational procedures (SOP) manual for Immigration and Border Management operations

In the new Baidoa IDP site, approximately 14 hectares of land were cleared and are now available to accommodate around 1,728 households (HHs); and 64 latrines are under construction by the IOM WASH unit.


The humanitarian crisis in Somalia, characterized by both natural and man-made factors, is one of the most complex and longstanding emergencies in the world. Due to decades of poverty, marginalization, armed violence, insecurity, political instability, natural hazards and lack of development; the humanitarian situation remains critical in the country. Prolonged drought conditions have devastated Somali communities and continue to drive displacement; while ongoing conflict impacts protection and human rights, reduces resilience and hinders access to basic services.

Furthermore, Somalia is a key source, transit and, to some extent, destination country for irregular migratory flows due to porous borders, including one of the largest sea borders in Africa.

This continues to represent a migration management challenge for recently federalized border authorities. Every year, the thousands of Somalis who make hazardous journeys along regional migration routes are exposed to severe protection risks.

To address overall migration challenges in Somalia, IOM closely works with the Federal Government of Somalia, regional authorities, the UN, donor governments and civil society by implementing programmes through three pillars: (1) Preparedness and humanitarian response; (2) Long term recovery and durable solutions; and, (3) Migration governance and development.

Since 2006, IOM has set a strong record on delivery of delivered frontline services to crisis-affected populations, while steadily developing models and partnerships for longer term recovery and migration governance. With over 350 staff, IOM Somalia comprises of aoperates from a newly constructed main office in Mogadishu and seven field offices in Kismayo, Baidoa, Hargeisa,

Bossaso, Dhobley, Doolow and Garowe, as well as the Nairobi Support Office in Kenya.

IOM Somalia is expanding its overall presence in Somalia with the ongoing construction of an office space in Mogadishu International Airport (MIA) that was launched in December 2018.

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