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Germany Funds Second Phase of Niger Community Cohesion Initiative for EUR 18 Million

Niamey – Niger is one of Africa’s largest nations, and one of its poorest.

Stranded Sierra Leoneans Return Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Part of 2,800 Returns Along Humanitarian Corridors in West, Central Africa

Freetown —This week (13 August), 59 Sierra Leoneans stranded in Senegal since the outbreak of COVID-19 returned home safely via air charter flight, bringing to 2,800 the number of people assisted with voluntary return in the...

IOM, UNICEF, and Save the Children facilitate the opening of Child Protection and Social Integration Centers amid COVID-19 crisis

Nouakchott – The Mauritanian government along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Save the Children and UNICEF, inaugurated on 4 August the recently rehabilitated Centres for the Social Protection and...

With COVID-19 on the rise in The Gambia, strengthening the capacities of frontline workers at quarantine centers is growing more crucial. © IOM 2020

IOM Supports Quarantine Centers in The Gambia with COVID-19 on the Rise

Banjul – The rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Gambia in recent weeks is pushing The Gambia’s healthcare system to the brink.

Photo: OIM 2020

IOM Provides Agricultural Equipment to Communities to Strengthen Resilience in the Lake Region

Bol Capital of the Lake region, the archipelago city of Bol plays a key role in regional trade, through Lake Chad, the “green lung” of the region connecting Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.

Cross-border communities received information about free movement as part of the FMM project, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ECOWAS, IOM Join Forces to Improve Mobility in West Africa

Abuja – On 24 July, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) validated five new strategies to guide migration policy in a region where intraregional movement has been severely hampered by COVID-19.

Homecoming: 109 Stranded Nigerians Return from Mali Via Humanitarian Corridor

Lagos – On 28 July, 109 Nigerian migrants returned safely from Mali on a long-awaited charter flight organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International...

Stranded Migrants in The Gambia Receive Emergency Food Assistance

Banjul – “I came to The Gambia to sell bitter kola. I am a businesswoman; this is what I do,” explained Adaoby Thomas from Nigeria.

The Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants in Ghana

Ghana has an estimated 466,780 international migrants, the majority of whom originate from other ECOWAS states.

Livelihood, Psychosocial Support as Shipwreck Survivors Contribute to COVID-19 Response in the Gambia

Banjul – Seven months after a fatal shipwreck off Mauritania claimed the lives of at least 62 Gambians, survivors and their families continue their fight to recover, now against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

IOM Strengthens Capacity of Airport Frontliners as Freetown International Airport Reopens

Freetown – After being closed for four months, Sierra Leone’s only international airport is open again to foreign commercial flights.  

As COVID-19 Spreads, IOM Strengthens and Equips Health Centres in Northern Niger

Niamey – During the COVID-19 pandemic, many remote communities in Niger struggle with access to basic services such as water, electricity and hygiene supplies.