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Informed Migration

In 2016,  there was a distinct increase in the number of migrants transiting via Niger.  Often deceived by information  provided  by  smugglers  and  traffickers,  about  (70%)  of  migrants  are  misinformed  and  find themselves  in  Niger  without  any  kind  of  assistance  or  resources,  and  become  exposed  to  many vulnerabilities.

Therefore, IOM conducted an information campaign affecting more than 150 000 individuals, migrants and host communities, through  interactive  activities  and  communication  channels.  Public  debates,  cultural, events, video projections, and radio talk shows were used  to inform the public about safe migration and alternatives to irregular migration.

Moreover, in April IOM  opened  an  orientation  office  in  the  city  of  Agadez  to  allow  migrants  and  host communities  to  have  easy  access  to  objective  information  on  safe  migration  including  individual counseling. Thirty four (34) community mobilisers were  hired and trained to reach out to migrants living in the slums  of Agadez,Arlit, Dirkou and bus stations and 10 went in the town of Niamey to sentisize the population

 

From April 2016 to October 2017, community mobilizers spoke to about 55,206 individuals. These informal and informative meetings took place in the ghettos (39%) and in the bus stations (45%) and others public spaces (16%), more than 2,227 people approached the guidance office directly to receive more advice and (64%) of the latter registered For voluntary return with IOM and reintegration program.

 

(16%) of the migrants welcomed in the centre have heard about IOM through the community mobiliser teams carrying out sensitization.

 

The overall trend is that  migrants are interested in regular and  irregular  migration,  the  dangers  of  migration,  the  ECOWAS  region,  documents  required  to  travel, services offered by IOM, migration to Libya and Algeria, as well as return and reintegration possibilities.

 

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