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A Day when Migrants and Host Community Members got Together

The occasion was a commemoration of International Migrants Day and the fifth anniversary of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration

What better way for migrants, members of host communities and others to get to know each other than by competing on the sports field and taking part in other joint activities? The occasion was a commemoration of International Migrants Day and the fifth anniversary of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for…

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Hazards Abound but Migrants Risk Horn of Africa Route for a Better Life

Migrants often leave their homes without being aware of the risks ahead

Jafar had two wishes. The first was to see his family again. He couldn't remember when he left Ethiopia; perhaps eight months ago, maybe a year. Financial problems in the teenager's hometown convinced him that reaching Saudi Arabia would be his best bet at making it in life. Some of…

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    • Libya's Minister of Labour and Rehabilitation, Ali Al-Abed Alreda, left, and Niger's Minister of Employment and Social Protection, Dr Ibrahim Boukary, at today's signing of a memorandum of understanding on labour mobility. Photo: IOM/Daniel Kouawo
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Libya and Niger Move Forward on Strengthening Migration Management and Labour Mobility

Federico Soda, Chief of Mission for IOM Libya, said it is essential to strengthen coordination and cooperation mechanisms on migration management and labour mobility across the countries’ borders

In a step towards regularizing labour migration, Libya and Niger today signed a memorandum of understanding that seeks to protect migrant workers through effective work visa issuance before employment and to better respond to Libya's labour market needs.  “Bilateral collaboration plays a key role in promoting the labour rights of…

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Collaborating to Provide Lifesaving Assistance to Migrants

In response to the need to coordinate assistance to migrants, IOM teamed up with over 38 partners

The Migration Response Centre (MRC) in Bossaso, off the Somali coast, best illustrates the support provided to vulnerable migrants by the government, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other partners. Through the MRC, located in Puntland’s main port city, the parties cooperate in providing services to migrants on the…

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32 Somali Migrants Assisted to Return Safely from Libya

Currently, there are nearly 6,000 Somali migrants in Libya

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), through its Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme, facilitated the safe return of 32 Somali migrants in November 2021. “Currently, there are nearly 6,000 Somali migrants in Libya, many of whom are still stranded.” said Federico Soda, Chief of Mission, IOM Libya. “The VHR programme…

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Guidelines on Voluntary Migrant Return and Reintegration Adopted in Somalia

Since 2017 over 950 Somalis were assisted to voluntarily return under a programme funded by the European Union, known as the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa

Somalia is a key source and transit country for migrants, although many of its nationals also return, sometimes due to having run into unforeseen problems on major migration routes or in destination locations. Since 2017 over 950 Somalis were assisted to voluntarily return under a programme funded by the European…

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The International Organisation for Migration announces winners for the 2021 West and Central Africa Migration Journalism Awards

The competition celebrates journalists who bring attention to the many facets of migration in West and Central Africa in both French and English language

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) (www.IOM.int) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 West and Central Africa Migration Journalism Awards following an awards ceremony that took place on Wednesday. Choosing the best writing and reporting in a given year is an impossible task, as well as an entirely…

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Niger’s Leadership on Migration Acknowledged During High-Level IOM Visit

Niger also hosts many vulnerable, stranded migrants, mostly from other West African countries, who are in dire need of humanitarian assistance and dignified return and reintegration assistance to their countries of origin

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Deputy Director General Ugochi Daniels today lauded Niger’s leadership assisting vulnerable migrants, thousands of whom find themselves stranded in the West African country ever year.  “Niger is a champion country for the Global Compact for Migration and has demonstrated its leadership in promoting safe and regular…

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IOM Resumes Voluntary Humanitarian Return Assistance Flights from Libya After Months of Suspension

Thursday’s flight, carrying 127 people (117 men, five women, five children) from Misrata airport to the Gambian capital of Banjul, marked the first since 8 August when all humanitarian flights were suspended

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has resumed humanitarian flights from Libya after receiving clearance from the Government of National Unity and has safely returned a group of stranded Gambian migrants who are among thousands of others waiting to go home through IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme.    Thursday’s flight, carrying 127 people (117 men,  five women, five children) from Misrata airport to the Gambian capital of Banjul, marked the first since 8 August when all humanitarian flights were suspended by the Ministry of Interior. The returnees…

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Djibouti Rolls Out COVID-19 Vaccinations for Migrants

Around 70 migrants have received jabs since the vaccination drive began on 12 October and it will continue till at least the end of the year

Migrants in Djibouti are being vaccinated against COVID-19 for the first time, as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) works with the Government to support the national immunization effort.  Since the start of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out globally, IOM has been advocating for the inclusion of migrants and Djibouti is…