• Visiting Uganda, Canada Immigration  Minister Praises IOM as a Key Partner


    Canada’s Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed D Hussen, has hailed IOM as a key partner, and praised the UN Migration Agency’s global work.

    Minister Hussen spoke in Kampala on Thursday, while visiting the Canada Visa Application Centre (CANVAC), which is run by IOM Uganda in partnership with VFS Global.

    “As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau always says, we couldn’t have done the Syrian refugee initiative without the assistance of IOM,” Minister Hussen said.

  • EU-funded SSCoS project promotes dialogue between Police and Kisenyi residents

    By Abubaker Mayemba

    IOM, the UN Migration Agency, recently organized a town hall meeting aimed at facilitating cordial conversations between the Police and residents of Kisenyi slum in Kampala city. 

    This was the fourth such meeting organized by the Strengthening Social Cohesion and Stability in Slums (SSCoS) project, after those in Bwaise, Katwe and Kabalagala. These town halls are activities under SSCoS, which is a three-and-a-half-year project wholly funded by the European Union.

  • IOM Uganda and UN-CERF hand over support items to Marine Police


    SEBAGORO, UGANDA – 18 JULY 2018: In response to the large number of refugees fleeing into Uganda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, has handed over life-saving and rescue equipment to the Marine Police Force of Uganda.
    This donation, first announced in March, was made possible by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UN-CERF) through IOM Uganda’s Rapid Response project for Congolese refugees.

  • Canadian Legislators Hail Partnership with IOM

    A group of Canadian MPs last week visited IOM Uganda, with the team leader hailing the partnership between Canada and IOM, the UN Migration Agency.
    The visiting MPs sit on the Canadian House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Their visit was part of a working trip to Uganda and Tanzania, to study a range of migration challenges and opportunities.
    The team was led by the committee chair, Hon Robert Oliphant, the MP for Don Valley West. He said the MPs were keen to understand the changing patterns of migration in the 21st Century.

  • European Union project boosts Community Policing department


    IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, on Thursday donated equipment to the Community Policing department of the Uganda Police Force.
    Mr Ali Abdi, the IOM Chief of Mission, handed over the equipment to AIGP Asan Kasingye, the Chief Political Commissar, at the force’s headquarters in Naguru.
    The equipment included six computers and attendant accessories, six mobile phones and three printers

  • CERF-IOM project trains Marine Police in Hoima to support Congolese refugees


    By Abubaker Mayemba

    IOM, the UN Migration Agency, recently supported the Uganda Police Force’s Marine unit (MPF) at Sebagoro landing site in Hoima district, to improve their capacity and skills to assist Congolese asylum seekers.
    After earlier announcing a donation of 400 life jackets and radio communication equipment to the MPF at Sebagoro, IOM this month trained eight officers in medical and search-and-rescue skills.

  • IOM chief urges facilitative rather than restrictive border management


    The IOM Uganda Chief of Mission, Mr Ali Abdi, on Monday urged IGAD member states transition from restrictive to facilitative border management strategies, promote free movement of persons, and unlock the region’s intra-regional trade potential.

  • IOM supports KCCA consultation on managing migration

    By Abubaker Mayemba
    On 13 April, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) held a consultative meeting on taking a coordinated approach to serving urban refugees and migrants.

    The stakeholder meeting at Serena hotel was supported by IOM Uganda’s Strengthening Social Cohesion and Stability in Slum Populations project, which is funded by the European Union.

    In attendance were members of the diplomatic corps, development partners, United Nations agencies, NGOs dealing with migrants and refugees, and officials from the central and local governments.