IOM SUPPORT FOR YOUNG MIGRANTS

Durnia waits to see a doctor at her local health clinic outside Erbil, where IOM has begun building an extension to accommodate the increased number of patients due to high migration inflows to the community Durnia waits to see a doctor at her local health clinic outside Erbil, where IOM has begun building an extension to accommodate the increased number of patients due to high migration inflows to the community Photo: IOM

IOM directly supports young migrants and youths in communities affected by migration through various nationwide programs. Under the flagship U.S. Government-funded Community Revitalization Program (CRP), IOM focuses on communities with high numbers of IDPs and returnees in order to ease the pressures attached to migration inflows as well as to assist the integration of these vulnerable populations into the local community.

 

In collaboration with the government and the local community, IOM works to build and rehabilitate social and economic infrastructure, particularly those serving the young or vulnerable, such as schools and health centers. As of July 2013, IOM had completed 174 community infrastructure projects across Iraq. Through CRP, IOM also supports Iraqi youth affected by migration with livelihood assistance, which provides income-generating opportunities and facilitates youths’ integration into the local economy. IOM offers vocational training to youth in need of skills development and connects skilled youth, with opportunities by facilitating job placement or providing in-kind grants to start their own business. In partnership with UNHCR, IOM has also specifically targeted Iraqi returnees and Syrian refugees with similar livelihood assistance.

In addition to these programs, IOM also serves youth in Iraq through UNICEF funded reintegration projects for children in contact with the law. Iraqi children released from detention face a hard life: many are without family, income, or job opportunities; some have lingering trauma or poor mental states; and others meet discrimination or exclusion upon return to their home communities. IOM has worked to strengthen the Government of Iraq’s care for these children upon their release from detention as well as to prevent recidivism and mitigate activities related to irregular migration. To learn more about this initiative, please contact Siobhan Simojoki, Programme Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Working from the ground up, IOM seeks to understand youth perspectives and needs – working together to guarantee safe, orderly, and humane migration in Iraq and abroad.

For more information on any of these projects, please visit the IOM website at www.iomiraq.net

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