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MOGADISHU, Somalia, The UN migration agency, said that, it has helped 17 Somali migrants, to voluntarily return home from Tanzania, following months of confinement in detention centres.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said, the returnees, who returned home were rounded up by Tanzanian authorities, as they embarked on an unsuccessful journey to South Africa.

"This assistance was provided in close coordination with the governments of Somalia and Tanzania, and will enable the Somali returnees to build a future back home," the IOM said in a statement.

It said, the assistance includes medical check-ups, housing, group and psycho-social counselling, along with longer-term support towards developing job skills and starting up small businesses, to have gainful employment and decent livelihoods.

The UN agency said, the latest intervention was made, under the auspices of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa.

"The latest return will bring the number of Somalis assisted by IOM under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative to 82, since Mar, 2017," said the UN migration agency.

According to IOM, the Joint Initiative aims to assist at least 1,000 Somali returnees, before Mar, 2020, noting that, the project has been set up in close cooperation with a total of 26 African countries.