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"About Half A Million Zimbabweans Forced To Return Home," - IOM

The latest International Organisation for Migration (IOM) report says an estimated half a million Zimbabwean immigrants in foreign lands were forced to return home since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are no exact statistics on the number of Zimbabweans outside the country, but estimates put the figure at about three million.

Reports show that Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa suffered the brunt of the effects of that country’s extended lockdown, which left many with no sources of income.

NewsDay reports that a number of Zimbabweans registered to be repatriated back home.

The IOM annual report for 2022 reads in part:

By the end of 2021, over 472 409 migrants had returned to Zimbabwe since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these returnees were arriving in communities with limited means to cater for them.

IOM continues to support government efforts to strengthen migration management capacities, implement protection and recovery projects, respond to natural disasters and other emergencies causing displacements and improve health outcomes of migrants and migration affected communities.

This is a blow to the southern African country considering that diaspora remittances constitute a huge percentage of state revenue.

Many families might plunge into poverty as they heavily rely on their relatives in the diaspora for income.

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7 Comments

Asalif 1 month ago

Those people who seek greener pastures in other countries especially boys , some of them don't even come back home on holidays not talking of investment and sending money back home. how can we help them out when we have our own challenges


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Plus machallenges avanosangana nawo diaspora like loneliness and racism💔

Ed 1 month ago

Sad wat zanu pf hs done to Zimbabweans.. Having to leave away from relatives and friends to seek money


Manikiniki 1 month ago

So sad people are now refugees in foreign lands becoz of Zanu

Ndinii Ndadaroo 1 month ago

Ed pfee 2023
Hwu fam
Long tyme
Was beating some CCC supporter
Ndazomurega nhasi
But ratova fira mberi
Lets not make a mistake of voting for these puppets
Vote for Zpf
Vote for Real Change
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Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

@Ndinii Ndadaro say no to drugs mpfana. Real change yei yaunoda kuparty yane 42 years ichiuraya nyika😕

BUOY 1 month ago

dzokai muvote



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