On Friday, 18th December 2015, Zambia joined the rest of the world in organizing a Candlelight Vigil to commemorate International Migrants Day.
In Southern Africa, the number of children on the move has been on the rise with their needs increasingly becoming manifest. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), most refugee and migrant children in Southern Africa are likely to originate from within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region itself. UNHCR estimates that there are around 20,000 child migrants in South Africa alone, the majority of whom are from Zimbabwe[i].
Zambia has been an exemplary host to refugees over the past 50 years. IOM Zambia works closely with the Government of Zambia and UNHCR and other stakeholders to provide durable solutions for refugees and displaced persons.
The IOM Zambia 2015 – 2016 Country Strategy outlines IOM Zambia’s priority areas of support to the Government of Zambia in strengthening migration governance in the broad areas of: Migrant Assistance; Immigration and Border Management; Migration Health; Operations, Emergencies and Recovery; and Labour Migration and Development.