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Reception Project Launched In Anticipation of South Africa's Deportations of Zimbabwean Migrants

  • Tatenda Gumbo

In expectation of the mass return of Zimbabweans from South Africa, the project will establish an early warning system for new displacements, providing resources for and re-integration

The International Organization for Migration says it will provide support for Zimbabwean migrants who face deportation if they fail to legalise their stay in South Africa after the December 31 deadline.

The IOM, through a new program it has just launched, will provide assistance to migrants who choose to return to Zimbabwe now, and those who face deportation after the deadline.

In expectation of the mass return of Zimbabweans, the project will establish an early warning system for new displacements, providing resources for resettlement and re-integration.

The IOM project will improve coordination of services addressing the mass deportation by establishing a centralized information management system and providing a forum for the exchange and dissemination of information.

Coordinator Yukiko Kumashiro of the IOM told VOA Studio 7 reporter Tatenda Gumbo that her organization was currently working with Harare and Pretoria to facilitate the regularization of Zimbabwean migrants.

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