Press Release

Special Delivery: Liberian Couple Turns Back from Dangerous Route to Europe

Ouagadougou – If things had gone differently, Baby Siaka* might have been born in Spain or France. Or Mali. Or Algeria. Or even at sea.

400 West African Journalists Trained on Migration Reporting Since 2018, Latest in Guinea-Bissau

Bissau – Accurate, clear and well-documented media coverage on migration plays a crucial role in raising awareness in West Africa on the risks of irregular migration and in the reintegration of return

DTM IOM Launches the West and Central Africa Data Story

DTM IOM launches the West and Central Africa Data Story. This interactive, innovative and user-friendly data story takes a novel look at migration data and DTM activities in the West and Central Africa region...

IOM Assists over 1000 Ghanaians to return from Libya and Niger

Accra – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) received a mandate in December 2016 to help rescue vulnerable migrants from Ghana stranded en route to Europe.

IOM Returns 1000th Ghanaian from Libya, Niger Since 2017

Accra – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) received a mandate in December 2016 to help rescue vulnerable migrants from Ghana stranded en route to Europe.

IOM, Government of Ghana, Launch Project To Prevent Trafficking in Persons

Accra – On 10 January 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ghana, in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, launched a new project entitled “To strengthen the Government of...

Alphonse, one of the Cameroonians who returned and benefited from IOM's assistance. Photo: Serena Pescatore/IOM.

Over 850 Business Plans of Cameroonian Returned Migrants Approved

Mbankomo – 861 business plans of 973 Cameroonian migrants who returned mainly from Libya, Niger, Algeria over the past 12 months were approved (on 23-24 January) by the sub-committee on reintegration of the EU-IOM Joint...

Photo: Ciré Ly/OIM 2019

Mauritania Hosts a Regional Conference on Counter Trafficking in Persons in West Africa and the Arab World

Nouakchott – The Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, hosted a regional conference from 22 to 23 January 2019 on the theme “Strengthening the Fight against Trafficking in Persons: Sharing Experiences between Countries in West...

Following Upsurge in Violence, IOM Scales Up Efforts to Assist Newly Displaced in Nigeria

Maiduguri – A recent upsurge in violence in Borno State, north-east Nigeria has caused the mass displacement of 55,417 individuals between 1 December 2018 and 24 January 2019, according to new data pr

Increased Number of Nigerian Migrants Fall Victim to Sex Trafficking, Exploitation in Mali

Bamako – Every year, thousands of Nigerian women receive false promises. If they leave their country, they are told, they will find a good job, maybe as a waitress or a hairdresser.

The facilitators’ manual will be rolled out in highly migration-prone areas in southern Nigeria. Photo: Ikechukwu Attah/IOM 2019

First Community Dialogue Manual on Migration and Human Trafficking Reviewed in Nigeria

Abuja – The first ever Community Dialogue Manual on migration and human trafficking in Nigeria was reviewed on 17-18 January 2019 by IOM, government and civil society representatives.

Migrant Voluntary Return and Reintegration Assistance Suspended in Mali

Bamako – IOM Mali has temporarily suspended assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) services for roughly 1,500 migrants to better assess their eligibility after evidence surfaced suggesting that attempts were being...