The Migrant Assistance Unit at IOM Maputo is working on assisted voluntary return and reintegration, strengthening the Government and civil society’s response to human trafficking, and provides protection and direct assistance to victims of trafficking as well as stranded and vulnerable migrants, including unaccompanied minors.

In the area of migrant assistance, IOM works closely with the General Prosecutor’s Office of Mozambique, as national counter-trafficking coordinator, with the Ministry of Interior, in particular its Migration Department, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action and its child services, key civil society actors, UNHCR and UNICEF.

Resettlement Assistance

IOM is presently working with UNHCR and the Embassies of the United States and other countries to assist refugees to meet mandatory requirements for resettlement in those nations. IOM also organizes logistical support and travel arrangements and facilitates medical examinations.


Pilot Action on Voluntary Return and Sustainable, Community-Based Reintegration

Within the Pilot Action on Voluntary Return and Sustainable, Community-Based Reintegration, financed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, IOM is supporting the Government of Mozambique to contribute to the development of voluntary return and sustainable individual, collective and community-based reintegration approaches for Mozambican nationals who voluntarily return to Mozambique from South Africa. 

The Pilot Action has the following objectives:

  • Enhance national structures and capacities to facilitate a dignified and sustainable return and reintegration process.  
  • Support the national authorities in the country in the provision of dignified voluntary return assistance to stranded and vulnerable migrants. 
  • Enhance the sustainability of returnees’ economic, social and psychosocial reintegration through tailored individual, collective and community-level assistance.
Addressing Irregular Migration Flows in Southern Africa, Phase VII (US Department of State)

This regional project supports the government to address mixed migration movements and implement the Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) Regional Action Plan in four critical areas:

  • Facilitated regional dialogue through supporting the Government’s participation in MIDSA, the development and adoption of a national action plan on mixed migration and exchanges with key countries of destination and origin in SADC, among other through cross-border coordination meetings.
  • Capacity-building through multi-sectoral cascade trainings based on the regional IOM-UNHCR Mixed Migration Curriculum aims at improving the response and protection mechanisms for vulnerable migrants in mixed movements.
  • Assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) supports the return of vulnerable and stranded migrants unable to remain in the host country but facing barriers in returning home on their own. In many cases, AVRR provides a more humane and dignified solution to forced return. From 2014 to 2016, facilitated the return of 70 vulnerable migrants, many of whom were unaccompanied children.
  • Unaccompanied minors (UAM) are at the centre of activities aimed at improving coordination mechanisms for their assistance and facilitating cross-border dialogue with countries of origin and destination.