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The neighbors and migrants staying at IOM’s transit center interacting during the fair. Photo: IOM/Daniel Kisito Kouawo

IOM Organizes Fair to Strengthen Social Ties Between Migrants and Community Members

Niamey – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized this month (14/02) a fair at its transit center for unaccompanied migrant children and families in Niamey with the objective of creating a better relationship...

“Migration is Key to the Development of the Region,” IOM Director General Emphasizes During First Visit to the Sahel and Senegal

Nouakchott – The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Director General António Vitorino ended his first visit to the Sahel and Senegal this week where he expressed his concern about the in

IOM Hails Historic First Human Trafficking Convictions in Sierra Leone

Freetown – The Sierra Leone High Court has for the first time, convicted people of human trafficking, sentencing two women to lengthy jail terms earlier this month, a move hailed as a significant blow

Providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Gambian Shipwreck Survivors

Banjul – One survivor watched eight members of his family die. Another said he counted 20 bodies washed onto the nearby shore.

 IOM/Daniel Kisito Kouawo

Laughing About It : Comedy as a Way to Raise Awareness for Safe Migration


Niamey – Can we laugh about migration? That is the challenge ten comedians from Niger decided to take this month, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Farmers, Private Sector and Returnees Join Forces to Launch Pineapple Factory, Foster Reintegration in Nigeria

Benin City – For centuries, ever since the opening of Atlantic Ocean trade routes many now associate with the dawn of ‘globalism’, the pineapple has served as a symbol of welcome and safe haven.

In Wake of Deadly Shipwreck, IOM Responds to Protect and Assist Migrants in Northern Mauritania

Nouadhibou – Mauritania’s second largest city, Nouadhibou, used to be a sleepy fishing port, receiving few of the small numbers of tourists this Saharan African country sees. 

Supporting Migration Policies in Mali: 10th UN Network on Migration Launched in West and Central Africa

Bamako – The United Nations Network on Migration was launched in Mali this week by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in partnership with th

As Boom Turns To Bust, Community Stabilization in Chad Helps Both Host Communities and Migrants

Faya – This was once a booming northern border town, supporting thousands of Chadians and Libyans who came to trade, barter or sell their wares. 

IOM Assists over 1,400 Migrants with Voluntary Return to Ghana

Accra – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) this week assisted 61 migrants who were stranded in Niger with voluntarily return to Ghana, bringing the total number of assisted Ghanaians t

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New Community Production Unit Launched in Eastern Guinea-Bissau

Bafatá – Bafata, in Eastern Guinea-Bissau is one of the regions with the highest rates of return of migrants in the country.

IOM Supports Guinea-Bissau Government in Emergency Health Surveillance

Bissau – Globally, more than 20,000 cases and more than 500 deaths linked to the novel Coronavirus have been reported.