IOM seeks community-level assistance on outward migration in Mangochi

Mangochi, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has revealed plans to conduct community dialogue with villagers of Mpondasi in Mangochi with an aim of identifying ways of harnessing outward migration in the district.

IOM Head of Programmes, Mpilo Nkomo disclosed this at a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting on Wednesday at the Boma.

He said the organisation has come up with a pilot project called Assisted Voluntary Returnee and Sustainable Community-based Reintegration, in order to change mind-set of the citizens.

There are a lot of Malawian nationals who travel to South Africa thinking that they will land in green pasture that side, but the reality on the ground is that they end up in big troubles, Nkomo explained.

He added that his organization is planning to engage the communities to find out lasting solutions to fish minimize the outward migration.

We want to engage communities so that they can tell us what they want so that they should stop flocking to South Africa and develop Malawi by remaining here and search for greener pastures within the country,” IOM Head said.

Nkomo added that in previous programmes, IOM engaged Malawians who were facing problems in South Africa.

Most of the Malawians we assisted during the last project requested to voluntarily return to Malawi and they were assisted, after they arrived we asked them to be in groups so that they can be provided with necessities and ways of sourcing funds so that they are able to live better here in Malawi, he said.

Mangochi DEC was asked to provide input on some of the interventions which IOM should implement.

As a result DEC members through the Chair of the meeting, Principal of Mangochi Community Technical College, Mbasa Mwawembe asked for additional time till end of August so that they could shortlist relevant ideas.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is a UN Migration Agency which started its operations in Malawi in 2009.

With the Assisted Voluntary Returnee and Sustainable Community-based Reintegration program, they have managed to create Returnees Support Groups in Nkhota-kota, Blantyre, Mangochi, and set up a Counselling Centre in Lilongwe.

Source: MANA Online