June 1, June
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is facilitating the repatriation of 75 stranded Sierra Leonean migrants from Niger to Sierra Leone following further consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and other partners in Sierra Leone, according to a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.
The release states that Liaison officer of the Republic of Sierra Leone in the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abubakarr Koroma, has noted that the 75 returnee migrants have been screened by Sierra Leone Embassy staff and IOM and have been certified to be Sierra Leoneans.
According to IOM officials in Sierra Leone, the returning migrants, including one female, will arrive on Tuesday, 5 June, at the Freetown International Airport in Lungi where they would be welcomed and received by the relevant stakeholders, including the Public Relations Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, officials from IOM, social service providers, the security sector, led by Office of Nation Security and other international partners.
Since November 2017 the IOM has facilitated the repatriation of over 300 Sierra Leoneans, many stranded migrants from Libya and Niger.