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  • The French photojournalist of Iranian origin Reza Deghati led a three-day photography training workshop in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The training was aimed at migrants returning to their country after experiencing difficult journeys abroad. Six young photographers also participated in the training. After learning the technical aspects of photography, the participants put their new skills into practice by attending reintegration and recreation activities organized by IOM for returnees and community members. This training is the first in a series to be organized by IOM across West Africa in 2020. It was organized in the framework of the Joint EU-IOM Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants in the Sahel and Lake Chad regions.…

  • In Côte d'Ivoire, returning migrants and community members were trained on a rice farming project through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative. The objective of this project is to contribute to the sustainable reintegration of returnees by creating community-based projects contributing to the development of the community of Yobouekro. Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants is the first global programme to save lives, to protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.

  • The Central-East region is the most affected community by irregular migration in Burkina Faso. In 2018, 56 per cent of migrants assisted to voluntary return to Burkina Faso by IOM came from this region. As part of its awareness raising activities, IOM trained 25 community actors from the Central-Eastern Region of Burkina Faso trained by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in community mobilization techniques. The goal is to empower these voices to effectively raise awareness among young people about the dangers of irregular migration. Migration of young “able-bodies” from the region is more often due to a precarious economic situation, plus social and cultural motivations. Therefore, it is crucial to adopt participatory approach…

  • In the context of reintegration activities 355 returning migrants have received vocational training and have been accompanied in the creation of micro-enterprises or in the search for a job or work experience. More than 2,300 blocked migrants have voluntarily returned to Burkina Faso under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants (in October 2019). Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants is the first global programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.

  • A food and goods distribution to returned migrants in Burkina Faso. More than 2,300 stranded migrants have voluntarily returned to Burkina Faso in the framework of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration (as of October 2019). As part of their reintegration, they receive in-kind support such as food and non-food items to help them rebuild their lives and meet their immediate needs.

  • Returned migrants participate in a cash-for-work activity in Garango, in Eastern Burkina Faso. When migrants return home, they often lack money to care for their basic needs. IOM organizes cash-for-work activities as a first step towards the sustainable reintegration of migrants. These activities contribute to strengthening social cohesion between returned migrants and community members, while offering returned migrants the financial boost they need to restart their lives.

  • In Burkina Faso, The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Government of Burkina Faso, and with funding from the European Union, is supporting the establishment of livestock farmer groups in Burkina Faso. In Centre-East and Centre-South of Burkina Faso, the two main regions of origin for migrants leaving this country, IOM has provided about 500 sheep, rams, oxen and donkeys to 99 Burkinabè who returned from Libya and Algeria in 2018 to ensure their socio-economic reintegration in the country. To support their sustainable reintegration, the returnees received – in addition to this in-kind assistance – training in business management, cooperative operation and livestock farming techniques. The training sessions,…

  • In Côte d’Ivoire, 30 returned migrants signed up for a community chicken farming project along with 20 community members as part of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative. Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is the first comprehensive programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.

  • In 2015, Celestin and Bleoulou, returned to Cote d’Ivoire with IOM’s support through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative, and opened a cybercafé as part of their reintegration. Today, with the revenues generated, they opened a hair salon and are planning on opening a second cybercafé. Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is the first comprehensive programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.

  • Joint visit of a reintegration project in Cote d’Ivoire by IOM and the EU Delegation in Cote d’Ivoire in the framework of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration. Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is the first comprehensive programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.

  • Football match organized in Daloa, a Western City in Cote d’Ivoire as part of awareness raising activities on the risks and dangers of irregular migration organized in the framework of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration. Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is the first comprehensive programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.

  • On 23 March 2019, a joint monitoring mission led by the Ministry of Interior of Jubaland State Government with participants from various line ministries and MOIFAR was conducted in Kismayo to monitor three Midnimo projects (2 schools and 1 market shed). The monitoring team first visited Gulwade Primary and Secondary School where five latrines as well as three rooms were constructed in December 2017 used as common facility: an examiner›s room, kitchen, and storage. The team also visited Aqoon Bile Primary School, which was constructed in February 2018 and opened in March 2018. Prior to the construction of this school, Aqoon School had two campuses in different locations. One was right outside the school which was comprised of two structures…

  • The EU-IOM Joint Initiative in Mauritania plans to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS among 1000 people. The project's target populations are migrants, community leaders and beneficiaries of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme.

  • At 16, Mariam suffered a marriage arranged by her family following the death of her father. "When I left home, newly married, I was only a child who was afraid." Mariam left her country, Sierra Leone, to follow her husband who wanted to leave for Mauritania. After 16 years, she decided to go back in Sierra Leone with her two daughters.

  • Lost in Mauritania, a small group of unaccompanied minors returned to their home country ‘Sierra Leone’. IOM country offices in Mauritania and Sierra Leone collaborated under a family-tracing program to locate the children’s’ families whereabouts. After a long journey by plane, by boat and by bus the children were able to rejoin their families accompanied by IOM workers. Their return was possible thanks to the efforts of diplomats and consulates from the both countries.

  • Yukpa Community from Venezuela within the framework of the current population migration and the binational dialogues of the people

  • IOM Mauritania has followed and assisted several women with their reintegration projects. They received psychosocial, sometimes medical assistance, and help to develop an income-generating activity. After some very difficult events in their lives, they are now independent and can provide for themselves and their families.With dignity, they have found a place in society.

  • IOM Guinea activities

  • Sri Lankan returnees returned from different west African countries give testimonials on their experience after their return to Sri Lanka. These returnees received the reintegration assistance under the Global Assistance for Irregular Migrants (GAIM) project

  • Chris is thirteen years old. He left Liberia because of poverty and Ebola. He saw on the BBC that the trip to the Mediterranean was very dangerous and he did not want to die there. When we started looking for his family, we did not have much more than some incoherent information. Then, thanks to the support of the ICRC, we could contact his grandfather back in Liberia. After sometime, he told us that Chris’s mother was still in Mauritania, but in another city. We could find her and Chris’s little brother.

  • During the first six months of 2016, only 7,804 registered Afghans returned and 33,892 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported. This trend was reversed following Eid celebrations in late June and again in mid- September, when the return of registered refugees and undocumented Afghans skyrocketed: in July, August and September, over 160,000 registered Afghan refugees and more than 110,000 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan. IOM is the lead agency providing post-arrival humanitarian assistance to undocumented Afghan returnees and is reaching an average of 20% of returnees each week at the Torkham border in Nangahar.

  • A collection of portraits of migrants from everywhere IOM works to help make migration humane.

  • IOM holds intercultural classes for students of schools covered by the programme.

  • Filipino, Labour Exploitation, Labour Migration, Repatriations, Syria Crisis, crisis, labour policy, migrant worker

  • Today, they have returned to El Salvador to restart their interrupted lives thanks to the Assisted Voluntary Return Programme, (P.A.R.T.I.R. III, by its Spanish acronym) funded by the Italian government and the European Union and carried out by IOM offices in Rome and San Salvador. In possession of a tourist visa, the four Salvadorans migrated to Italy for different reasons, but with the same idea: find a job in the European country and send remittances to help their families back home.

  • A joint IOM Chadian assessment team that travelled to a remote area on the Chad-Nigeria border has discovered a group of over 800 destitute Chadian returnees from Nigeria, including a large number of unaccompanied children aged between 6 and 14. The assessment by IOM and the CNAR (National Agency for Refugees and IDPs), was undertaken at the request of the Chadian government following reports of Chadian nationals fleeing violence in Nigeria.

  • After South Sudan declared independence from the North in July 2011, the Sudanese government set a deadline for all southerners wishing to return to the south to do so before April 8th, 2012, or seek to regularize their stay in the north. IOM stepped in to help transport returnees, and provide emergency medical assistance, shelter, water and sanitation, as well as lighting and non-food emergency relief items in transit sites.

  • Arrival of Filipino Returnees from Syria