Assisting Displaced Persons and the Affected Communities

Сrimean Tatar family, displaced to Vinnytsia, was supported by IOM with an oven, a fridge and a business training and now cooks traditional dishes for sale


In June 2020, IOM started implementation of the project “Winterization Support in Conflict-Affected Communities of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions (NGCA)” funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). During one year of implementation, the project will contribute to addressing the humanitarian needs and further strengthen the resilience of vulnerable conflict-affected populations in eastern Ukraine residing close to the contact line and in remote settlements with extremely high unemployment rates due to the precarious economic situation, through the provision of winterization support.


In April 2020, IOM started implementation of the project “Contribution for Humanitarian Activities included in IOM Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan Coronavirus Disease 2019” funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). During 8.5 months of implementation, the project will contribute to the Government of Ukraine’s efforts to effectively prepare and respond to COVID-19 disease in conflict-affected areas. It will do so through the provision of essential hygiene, mental health and psychosocial (MHPSS) support, livelihood support, cash-based interventions and individualized assistance to the persons at risk of human trafficking, exploitation and abuse for vulnerable returnees, IDPs and other conflict-affected individuals in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.


The IOM project “Addressing Urgent Humanitarian and Socioeconomic Needs of IDPs and Conflict-Affected Populations Along the Line of Contact in Eastern Ukraine”, funded by the Government of Japan, started in March 2020 and will last until March 2021. The project will support the Government of Ukraine’s efforts to enhance socioeconomic recovery of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and conflict-affected populations living near the line of contact. In doing so, the project will also focus on increasing awareness of relevant populations to the risks of trafficking and exploitation and on improving the medical infrastructure of Entry-Exit Crossing Points and health-care facilities along the line of contact.


A 5-year project “Improving Living Conditions of Internally Displaced Persons in Eastern Ukraine”, launched by IOM in 2020, is funded by the Government of Germany through KfW Development Bank. It envisages creation of modern housing for about 1,500 – 2,000 beneficiaries in the towns of Kramatorsk (Donetsk Region) and Sievierodonetsk (Luhansk Region). Around 500-600 housing units will be constructed or rehabilitated while strictly respecting the Ukrainian construction/habitat legal framework and the EU standards for the sector. The housing units will not be free of charge for the beneficiaries, but will come at a bearable cost, in line with the local market. About 80 per cent of the new housing units will be made available to IDPs and 20 per cent – to the local residents.


In September 2019, IOM started the project “Essential Humanitarian Assistance and Early Recovery Support to Vulnerable Returnees, IDPs and other Conflict-Affected Communities in Eastern Ukraine” funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). The project will contribute to addressing the crucial humanitarian needs and building resilience of vulnerable conflict-affected populations residing in eastern Ukraine through the provision of lifesaving winterization, essential hygiene, multipurpose and livelihood, as well as mental health and psychosocial support.


In December 2018, IOM started the project “Life After Conflict: Community-Based Reintegration Support for Veterans of The Conflict in Eastern Ukraine and Their Families”, funded by the European Union. During 20 months of implementationin three pilot regions – Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv, the project will support the Government’ efforts to provide tailored support to veterans and their families for their effective reintegration to civilian life and active contribution to the social and economic well-being of their communities. The project supports social cohesion activities, such as sports events, master classes, round tables with representatives of local authorities. Qualified psychological assistance is provided by professionals, who passed trainings on psychosocial support provision to veterans and their families. Another project component is career development and self-employment trainings, followed by grants provision.




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