IOM requests $25 million to support refugees from Sudan

Armed conflict in Sudan is forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee to neighbouring countries.

Since April 21, over 23,000 Ethiopian migrants and Third Country Nationals (TCNs) have arrived in Ethiopia at the remote border crossing point in Metema, Amhara Region, IOM Ethiopia reported.

Based on current arrival trends, IOM is estimating that over 100,000 Ethiopians and 30,000 TCNs may return to Ethiopia in the coming months, with the majority of arrivals expected through Metema.

IOM added that, arrivals at other border points will be monitored, including through an additional Flow Monitoring Point in Kurmuk in Benishangul Gumuz region, to scale up assistance if required.

IOM has scaled up presence and response at border points and its Migration Response Centre (MRC) in Metema and is providing multi-sectoral assistance to arriving people, including immediate health and WASH assistance, onward transportation, and tailored protection assistance.

IOM Ethiopia is requesting USD 25 million to provide assistance to 100,000 vulnerable returning migrants, 4,000 TCNs and 85,000 refugees in the coming six months.

The organization announced that, there is a high need to scale up immediate assistance at the border crossing point in Metema to accommodate the large influx.

Without assistance,arrivals risk being stranded in a small, remote border town.

By ethionegari@gmail.com

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