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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).

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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.

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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.

Entertainment, Social Cohesion, Tailored Assistance for Migrant Children in Niger

Niamey – Marking the International Day of the African Child this past Sunday (16/06) in Niamey, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized an afternoon of dance, acrobatics, magic, t

Alone in Libya : Children Returning to Burkina Faso Assisted by IOM

Tenkodogo – Since the 2017 launch of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, IOM Burkina Faso has assisted with the voluntary return of 60 migrant children under 18 years

Burkina Faso: 300 Migrant and Host Community Children Celebrate the International Day of the African Child

Tenkodogo – To mark the International Day of the African Child, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized events and activities on June 16, bringing together 300 host community children and those of returned...

Entrepreneurship in Niger: 75 Start-up and Business Owners Meet to Dialogue on Youth Employment

Niamey – Every year a lack of job opportunities, extreme weather and extreme poverty push young Nigeriens to leave their country to search for a better life, either seasonally or indefinitely.  

Mopti: Over 50,000 People Displaced Amid Inter-communal Violence

Mopti – The deadly attack on Sunday (09/06) in the village of Sobane in central Mali, which killed 35 villagers – and 60 are still missing – continues to displace people to Mopti, one of the largest t