Clement recording videos during a market sensitization in Benin City ©IOM 2020/Elijah Elaigwu

In 2016, Clement Onokhua was a 24-year-old part-time student at the University of Abuja, Nigeria, studying guidance and counselling. Clement portrayed the average Nigerian youth with his can-do spirit — young, ambitious, self-sufficient. Next to school, he worked as a phone repair technician in his shop in Gwagwalada, Abuja. He would graduate in 2017, but this dream was interrupted by a great desire to set his feet on European soil.

“The first reason I wanted to travel was that most graduates in Gwagwalada were not employed in white collar jobs but instead engaged in commercial riding of motorcycles popularly called…

Mark capturing pictures at a community theatre performance in Benin City during a photography training for returned migrants. © IOM 2021/Elijah Elaigwu

A group of migrant returnees in Lagos burst into laughter while gathered around a smartphone watching a comedy skit on YouTube.

The person in the video is Mark Omozanbhie, a young actor with a passion for comedy and drama skits.

“Most people do not know that I use a smartphone to create my skits. They think I have a camera, a scriptwriter, an editor and so on. The truth is I do everything by myself,” he said.

Mark’s foray into comedy started while he was in Libya. He used to tell funny stories to entertain his friends and help everyone…

Credit: IOM Somalia

Anyone familiar with Somalia understands how important the network of diaspora is to fellow citizens in the country.

For the many families back home, the money shared by their relatives abroad provides them with a critical lifeline.

“Without it we wouldn’t be able to cover our most basic needs,” says Abdullahi Yusuf, a retired man from Mogadishu that depends on the 500 USD sent by his children abroad every month.

The financial support provided by Somali migrants is astonishing, with an estimated 1.4 billion USD remitted in 2018. …

Aché in her shop in Chad where she sells basic products. Credit: IOM / Amanda Nero

A new forthcoming study by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlights the impact of remittances from Chadian diaspora on households in Chad. The study — which will be published later this year, is the first of its kind assessing “remittances behaviour” in the country.

The study surveyed over 800 households in N’Djamena, Chad’s capital city, to find out how remittances are sent by Chadian diaspora members, how these remittances are used by households, and what is the overall impact of remittances on households economic status. …

On the International Day of Family Remittances, Renate Held, IOM Regional Director for Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Simone Giger, Head of SDC’s Global Programme for Migration and Development, look at how the financial sector can contribute to an equitable recovery

Remittances are a vital lifeline to assist vulnerable people through the harsh Central Asian winters. Credit: IOM Kazakhstan 2021

“Luck would not have happened without misfortune’s help.”

This traditional saying could eventually prove a true outcome for the plight of migrant workers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As borders slammed shut and migrant-dependent industries wound down, the extensive labour migration networks across Central Asia and the Russian Federation evaporated. …

Including Migrants and Communities in Socio-Economic Recovery

© UNDP Peru 2021/Giulianna Camarena

With its historic temple, archaeological ruins and splendid beaches, the region of La Unión in El Salvador used to attract many tourists, who, until recently, brought much needed cash and generated work for one of the poorest parts of the country.

But while the inbound movement of tourists was vital to La Unión’s economy, so was the outbound migration of its citizens. El Salvador is a country of migrants, and La Unión has double the national average of people leaving their home for opportunities abroad. A third of households have a family member outside the country, mostly in North America…

15 Hondurans depart Belize on 30 June 2020. Credit: IOM

The widespread impact of COVID-19 on global human mobility due to travel restrictions, border closures and lockdown measures to curb the spread of the virus left millions of migrants stranded across the world. In a September 2020 report on COVID-19’s Impact on Migrants, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Return Task Force detailed the plight of nearly three million migrants stranded worldwide by mid-July 2020. Many more migrants are believed to have been stranded in the subsequent months.

In response to the complex challenge of organizing voluntary returns during the pandemic, and to support countries in addressing these challenges effectively…

Credit: IOM Uzbekistan

There are over 25 million people forced to work in sectors such as agriculture, fishing, food processing, construction, and domestic work across the world. Overall, human trafficking creates US$150 million annually for criminal groups.

Media coverage of human trafficking often focuses on the lives ruined by sexual exploitation, as women are bought and sold, used up and ruined by daily abuse and humiliation.

A less discussed phenomenon is the trafficking and brutalization of men for forced labour. …

Geneva — Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, women internally displaced by conflict or disasters already faced significant barriers in accessing job opportunities, healthcare and education. Public health restrictions imposed worldwide, moreover, increased many of the vulnerabilities and protection risks faced by women, girls, elderly persons and persons with disabilities.

Groups-at-risk often have less access to lifesaving information and less opportunities to participate in camp-life. Although women and girls frequently comprise the majority of most displaced populations, their participation in decision-making traditionally has been minimal.

Yet in some camps, or camp-like settings hosting thousands of displaced people, women have begun taking…

Credits: Muse Mohammed/IOM

Geneva — The month of March brings a call to action for accelerating gender parity and presents an opportunity to celebrate women and girls. Therefore, during the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding the roles women have played and how they have been impacted is essential.

IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has been collecting information on the number and types of COVID-19 restrictions around the world, the types of people affected by such restrictions, while setting out to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on mobility on particular groups.

Gender has been an important variable in analyzing the differing impacts COVID-19 mobility restrictions…

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