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Deadliest Shipwreck of the Year Claims at Least 140 Lives

Saint-Louis, Senegal – At least 140 people have drowned after a vessel carrying around 200 migrants sank off the Senegalese coast, the deadliest shipwreck recorded in 2020. 

In Ghana, Returnees Rebuild their Lives and Feed their Communities

Bono - In 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) partnered with BOK Africa Concern, a Ghana-based NGO, to develop community reintegration projects in the Bono and Bono East regions of Ghana.

Escalating Conflict, Mass Displacement in the Central Sahel Require Concerted Action

Geneva – A dramatic surge in violence in the Central Sahel this year has led to a worrying increase in fatalities and displacement across Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

99 Stranded Sierra Leoneans Return from Niger

Freetown – After being stranded for six months, 99 Sierra Leoneans yesterday returned home from Niger via a flight chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with support from the European Union.

IOM Supports Safe Migration with New Police Post at Niger’s Border with Algeria

Niamey – Situated in the heart of the Sahara at only 15 km from Niger’s border with Algeria, the town of Assamaka is a major migratory hub, as the main point of entry for migrants returning from Algeria, and the last place of...

Trafficking Survivors in Ghana Raise their Voices to Advocate for an Equal Future and Opportunities for Young Women and Girls

Accra - Sherrynorth from Ghana, 27, and Adaku from Nigeria, 18, have gone through a lot already in their lives. Both are smart and creative. Both have big dreams for their own future.

Photo: IOM/Juliane Reissig

Migrants’ Mental Health, a Priority for IOM Ghana Amidst COVID-19

“I went through a lot when I came back,” recounts Simon, a returnee who came back to Ghana in 2018, following a journey to Italy and Germany, via Libya. “People made fun of me for not bringing wealth from my travels.

Photo: IOM/Juliane Reissig

Migrants’ Mental Health, a Priority for IOM Ghana Amidst COVID-19

“I went through a lot when I came back,” recounts Simon, a returnee who came back to Ghana in 2018, following a journey to Italy and Germany, via Libya. “People made fun of me for not bringing wealth from my travels.

Some of the returnees will use the newly-acquired skills to complement the businesses they’ve set up with IOM’s assistance. Photo: IOM/Elijah Elaigwu

Returnees and Peers Lead Face Mask Production in Nigeria’s Migration Hotspot

Benin City – Nigerian streets and establishments are layered with instructions for preventing the spread of COVID-19, and the city of Benin, Edo State, is no exception.

IOM launches 5 million EUR project to support stability and border management in Northern Chad

N’Djamena – A new EUR 5 million project implemented by IOM in Northern Chad will contribute to strengthening stability in the Borkou, Ennedi Ouest and Tibesti provinces.   

Migrants checking in at the the N'Djamena airport. Photo: IOM/2020

105 Nigeriens Safely Return from Chad in First AVR Operation from the Country since 2012

N’Djamena – 105 Nigeriens who had been left stranded in Chad for six months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have safely returned home on Thursday, October 1, on a special flight chartered by IOM with the support of...

IOM and ANLTP/TIM launched this Monday Niger’s first National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking. Photo: IOM/Daniel Kisito Kouawo

IOM and Authorities Launch Niger’s First Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking

Niamey – As part of Niger’s National Day Against Human Trafficking celebrated each year on September 28, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Niger’s National Agency for the Fight against Trafficking in Persons...