Le Matin – Migration: IOM asks for $ 3 billion to help 50 million people

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said it will need $ 3 billion to help 50 million people affected by crises in 2021.

“One year after the start of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of people around the world are facing the effects of the health, humanitarian and socio-economic crises triggered by the virus and are in dire need of aid and protection, “IOM said in a statement.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 229 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, a 40% increase over the same period. ‘last year.

Conflicts, disasters and instability continue to erode the resilience of communities, pushing tens of millions of people to move in search of safety, notes IOM, noting that “millions of migrants are also stuck in crisis situations and struggle to access essential services “.

“The Covid-19 has tragically exacerbated the suffering and insecurity facing hundreds of millions of people around the world,” IOM Director General António Vitorino said in the statement.

The plans of the UN agency specializing in international migration are “intended to meet urgent needs for protection and humanitarian assistance, as well as the long-term effects of crises and displacement.”

On Friday, IOM said it had started rolling out 23 national and regional crisis response plans on its global platform and plans to release more than 20 additional plans in the coming weeks.

“IOM remains firm in its commitment to provide relief and assistance to communities affected by crisis and calls on the international community to step up its efforts by supporting our crisis response plans in 2021,” Vitorino said.

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