The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is facilitating the repatriation of 75 stranded Sierra Leonean migrants (including 74 Male and 1 Female) 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 the Liaison officer of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, Abubakarr Koroma, the 75 returnee migrants have been screened by the Sierra Leone Embassy staff and IOM and have been certified to be Sierra Leoneans.

According to IOM officials in Sierra Leone, the returnee migrants will arrive on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 at the Freetown International Airport in Lungi where they will be welcomed and received by the relevant stakeholders.

The Public Relations unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, together with officials from IOM, social service providers, the security sector led by ONS and other international partners will be at the airport and the reception centre in Freetown to receive and screen the 75 returnees.

It could be recalled that since November 2017 the IOM has facilitated the repatriation of over 300 Sierra Leonean stranded migrants from Libya and Niger.