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.
Since June 2013, IOM Zambia has been implementing a tuberculosis (TB) screening programme on behalf of the United Kingdom Home Office. The programme aims to reduce the resurgence of TB in the UK through early identification and treatment of those diagnosed with TB before they travel and thus significantly prevent spread of TB in their home country and to the UK. The TB screening targets long-term visa applicants who intend to reside in the UK for six months or more. Since the beginning of the programme in Zambia, a total of 400 people have been screened.