The International Organization for Migration in Zimbabwe says it is overwhelmed by the high number of returning migrants. Amid the ongoing pandemic.

The organization says it needs more than 146 million Rand, to assist Africa much more than it initially predicted,

Fadzayi Nyamande-Pangeti, the IMO spokesperson in Zimbabwe said:

We had projected that between 20 000 and 30,000 people woukd return, but we are looking at, almost 10 times that number to us that speaks of the massive impact that COVID-19 has had not just on Zimbabwe as a country, but on the region, and lock down regulations are continuing in the region.

Our neighboring countries still have measures in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and as a result we still do see Zimbabweans coming through our borders, every week.

So what we are trying to do is to equip the migrants themselves as well as the communities that they are living in, to be able to fend for themselves.

And the best way to do that is to provide them with skills. So that they come back and live in a sustainable way.

If they do not have the means by which they can look after themselves and their family, they may begin to fall into negative coping mechanisms, more than 2 million

It is estimated that over 4 million Zimbabweans live in neighboring South Africa and Botswana.

At least another one million Zimbabweans are based in the UK, Australia and Canada, among other nations.

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