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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 08/10/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) International Organisaition For Migration (IOM) has hailed the UAE for its relief assistance to alleviate suffering of Syrian refugees.

"The UAE has donated two ambulances and six buses for transporting refugees from the Syrian border to Za'tari camp in Jordan," the IOM said in a statement on Saturday. The organisation said the Swiss Federal Office for Migration (FOM) had contributed 300,000 towards its evacuation operations of most vulnerable migrant workers caught up in the Syrian crisis. The IOM will use the contribution to evacuate up to 250 extremely vulnerable third country nationals (TCNs).

These include minors, the elderly, pregnant women, people in detention due to their irregular status, those with medical conditions and nationals of countries with no diplomatic representation in Syria. The majority of third country nationals in Syria are female domestic workers who originate from more than 23 countries. Many have lost their jobs and are now stranded in conflict areas and at risk.

The funding will also facilitate the issuance of exit visas, the provision of transport to safe locations prior to departure, pre-departure health screening and the provision of food, water and medicine in transit areas.

To date, the organisation has helped some 2,000 vulnerable migrants to leave Syria. It has received 6,000 requests for evacuation from embassies and consulates inside Syria and in neighboring countries. As of June, there were an estimated 120,000 migrant workers in Syria. The IOM recently appealed for 20.7 million to continue the repatriation of vulnerable migrants from Syria, the distribution of non-food relief items in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, and the provision of transport and medical services for refugees fleeing from Syria into Jordan.

The Swiss contribution brings the amount of funding received since June 2012 to 3.3 million. Other donors include the USA, Slovakia, Chile and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The IOM has also allocated 900,000 from its Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism (MEFM) for the provision of life saving services to people affected by the Syrian crisis. - Wam


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