NMS – Safe from Irregular Migration

Having a goal of reduce the vulnerability of the community (women and youth) to irregular migration and human trafficking and its impacts, Safe from Irregular Migration (SIM) is a three-year project, that will be implemented by EECMY DASSC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The project, mainly targets returnees and the ready-to-migrate youth groups and has three main objectives: A strengthened civil society that can work against human trafficking and irregular migration; A decreased social and economic vulnerability of the targeted returnees and at-risk youths to irregular migration and human trafficking; and Capacitated community to denounce irregular migration and human trafficking and inclusion of the returnees. With a total budget of 3.2 million NOK, the project directly benefits more than 35,000 (28,500 women). The intervention of the project mainly focus on women and youths who are highly vulnerable to migration and its consecutive impacts. Rather than trying to cover wider area with shallow intervention, the project focus on relatively narrow area with deep intervention that will have a lasting impacts within the community. Besides, based on the experience it gains in the implementation of the first phase of the project, EECMY DASSC use religious leaders and community elders as a change agent in creating awareness within the community that helps the migrants to take informed decisions. As the change agents are highly valued and respected, they also serve in integration of the returnee with the community.