MOGADISHU, April 4 (Xinhua) -- The EU has launched two projects worth 10 million euros aimed at addressing the challenges of mixed migration, aspects of stability and reintegration of returnees to spur better migration management in Somalia.
A statement from the EU released on Tuesday said the projects based in the southern port city of Kismayu will target Jubaland, Southwest State and Mogadishu.
EU Head of Cooperation in Somalia Pilar Palmero said the European bloc is a strong supporter of Somalia and under the EU Trust Fund for Africa Flash and Reinteg-UNHCR for 10 million euros were among the first projects approved in 2016.
"This shows that Somalia is a priority country for us. The EU is Somalia's closest friend and supporter," Palmero said.
The projects will be implemented in close collaboration with Somali authorities by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.
The project will address migration and reintegration related issues in a holistic manner including addressing policy and governance aspects as well as bridging the gaps in the delivery of basic services in education, health and market services.