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Basketball Summer Camp in Niger Brings Back Hope to West African Youth

Niamey – Back in 1993, Yacouba Sangaré was playing for Niger’s national basketball team. A talented student-athlete, Sangaré’s promise was acknowledged with an opportunity to further his education in the US.

Humanitarian Actors Establish First Anti-Trafficking Task Force in North-East Nigeria

Maiduguri – In a bid to better respond to trafficking in persons in Borno State, north-east Nigeria, where ...

UN Missions to Senegal Visit Kolda, Home to Many Returnee Migrants

Dakar – The Kolda region in southern Senegal is the main area of return for 31 per cent of the 4,090 Senegalese stranded in Libya and Niger and who were assisted for voluntary return to Senegal betwee

Chad Conducts National Consultation on Global Compact for Migration

N’Djamena – Earlier this month (3-4 July), Chad’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the support of IOM, hosted the country’s first national consultation on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Reg

United Nations Sustainable Development Group for West and Central Africa and Regional Partners on high level visit to Mali

Bamako, Mali - 5 July 2019. A joint mission of United Nations Agencies of West and Central Africa, the G5 Sahel Secretariat and the Liptako Gourma Authority will visit Mali from 9 to 12 July 2019.

Family picture during the visit in the agroecological Swani Tiqa farm.

IOM, Experts Gather on Environmental Migration and Climate-Resilient Reintegration of Returning Migrants

Rabat— In West Africa, environmental challenges are widely believed to drive migration from rural areas, where livelihoods are largely dependent on natural resources (agriculture, mining and fisheries).

Photo: IOM

IOM, ECOWAS Take Steps Toward Establishing Regional Strategy on Mixed Migration

Banjul – Given the increasing diversity of people and motivations pushing thousands to migrate within West Africa and beyond, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Economic Community of West African States (...

Georges after successfully defending his thesis. Photo: IOM

Vocational Education and Training Give New Hopes for Young Returned Cameroonians

After attempting to get to Europe through Libya, Georges (25) and Cédric (24) decided to return to their native Cameroon in November 2017. Upon their return, they enrolled in vocational training courses with support from IOM.

Photo: IOM/S. Pescatore

The EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: Two years supporting migrants in Cameroon

Yaoundé – On 17 June 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the European Union, and the Government of Cameroon celebrated the two years of the implementation of the...

Towards an Inclusive Approach to Mixed Migration in West and North Africa

Aswan, Egypt – While the word “migration” is often used to encompass a wide variety of migrant profiles and statuses (regular, irregular), a better understanding of the motivations of migrants and the context surrounding the...

Close to 20,000 Migrants Rescued in Sahara Desert Since Beginning of Operations

Niamey – The June 15 rescue of 406 migrants including seven women and four children stranded in the Sahara Desert brings to nearly 20,000, the number of people the International Organization for Migra

Floods and Intercommunal Violence in Central Mali: Thousands of Displaced Persons Await Humanitarian Assistance

Mopti  –  Recent heavy rains in the Mopti region of Mali have caused floods, aggravating the already precarious situation of the 50,254 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region.