The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working closely with the Government of Canada and other partners in resettlement of Afghans since August 2021, so far 40,000 Afghan refugees have resettled in Canada with the assistance of IOM.
So far, IOM has assisted in the resettlement of over 6.4 million people through several programs, including refugee resettlement, humanitarian admission, relocation with Europe, family relocation, and other pathways, said the IOM press note.
Canada was among the first countries to launch a special humanitarian resettlement program for vulnerable Afghans that includes diverse peoples.
This achievement is the result of hard work and collaboration between IOM, the Government of Canada, NGOs, and other organizations operating in the region.
Also, the IOM is intensifying its efforts to address the complex and persistent crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the number of internally displaced people climbs to 6.9 million people across the country – the highest number recorded yet.
With ongoing conflict and escalating violence, the DRC is facing one of the largest internal displacement and humanitarian crises in the world.
As of October 2023, about 5.6 million have been internally displaced. IOM operations in the DRC remain significantly underfunded.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published its first-ever Global research agenda on health, migration and displacement to guide research efforts to understand and address the health needs of migrants, refugees, and all forcibly displaced populations and shape responsive policies and practices worldwide.
As per the report, nearly one billion people are currently leaving their homes by choice or force due to various factors such as wars, conflicts, income inequalities, economic shifts, urbanization, and climate change.
The Global research agenda will also serve as a foundation for developing regional and national research agendas to turn the global themes identified into context-specific research questions. An implementation guide and tool kit which will support policy-makers, civil society and non-governmental organizations, and other United Nations agencies to apply the research agenda to their various migration contexts and organizational needs.
An interactive dataset exploring the global research funding landscape in the field of health, migration and displacement will be used as part of the monitoring and evaluation process for the Global research agenda.