Displacement due to the Boko Haram insurgency has now reached almost three million in four countries -Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad – according to IOM.IOM’s work to provide assistance to 460,000 people in the region to date has been supported by USAID/OFDA/PRM, ECHO, CERF, the European Union and the governments of Italy, France and Japan. “But we are currently appealing for USD 25 million for urgent humanitarian assistance in the areas of shelter, NFIs, camp coordination and camp management, and psychosocial support,” said IOM Regional Director for West and Central Africa Richard Danziger.
The four-day meeting, which started on Tuesday (15/03), is set in a context where migration-related data have become a central issue at global, regional, and national levels, including the ECOWAS space and Mauritania.
On the basis of an agreement between the Nigerien and Algerian authorities on sending back home irregular migrants from Niger, this 30th convoy has brought back 9,273 migrants including 4,717 men, 1,433 women and 3,123 minors.
IOM and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris) have launched the French edition of the Atlas of Environmental Migration, a publication which, for the first time, brings together existing knowledge, research and country-level case studies exploring the links between migration, environment and climate change.
A literacy and business start-up training program targeting beneficiaries participating in the “Cash for Work” activities of IOM Central African Republic was launched on 14 March in Boda, some 150 km southeast of CAR’s capital Bangui.
On March 2nd, the IOM Country Office in Burkina Faso provided return assistance to 19 Senegalese migrants in transit from Niger. Most of them were stranded in Niger and requested assistance to return to their country of origin.
160 547 migrants have arrived by sea as of 22 March. 488 are reported dead/missing migrants in 2016.
These four border posts will greatly contribute to enhancing Mauritania’s migration and border management capacities.
At the IOM transit centres, IOM has provided 208 migrants with shelter, food, medical and psychosocial support assistance.
In February, the voluntary relocation process of the displaced persons previously sheltered in Government College Camp in Maiduguri has been completed. 1,083 households were relocated to Bakassi Camp.
Today, 17 May, marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This day is a reminder of the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, including migrants, around the world.
Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General for International Organization for Migration highlights the positive impacts of migration and the importance of ensuring that migrants are at the forefront of the discussions during the first ever World Humanitarian Summit to be held on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.
IOM Director General's message to all staff members on IOM and UNWOMEN's training centre launching of the e-learning course “I Know Gender: An Introduction to Gender Equality”.