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Credi: Arthur Bourgogne / IOM

Under the “Mainstreaming Migration into International Cooperation and Development” (MMICD) initiative, funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), IOM has been working since early 2019 with national and local urban development stakeholders in Madagascar to mainstream migration into every stage of urban development planning.

According to UN-Habitat and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, over half of the world’s population live in cities today. It is estimated that three million people around the world are moving to cities every week. The current urban population of 3.9 billion is expected to grow…


A tale of high expectations, promising results and a long road ahead

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by Jasper Tjaden, Andres Arau, Muertizha Nuermaimaiti, Imge Cetin, Eduardo Acostamadiedo, Marzia Rango.

Act 1 — High Expectations

“Data is the new oil,” they say. ‘Big Data’ is even bigger than that. The “data revolution” will contribute to solving societies’ problems and help governments adopt better policies and run more effective programs. In the migration field, digital trace data are seen as a potentially powerful tool to improve migration management processes (visa applications; asylum decision and geographic allocation of asylum seeker, facilitating integration, “smart borders” etc.).1

Forecasting migration is one particular area where big data seems to excite data nerds (like us) and policymakers alike…


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IOM conducts a needs assessment in Dollow to find out what are the most urgent needs for IDPs living in the area. Credit: Muse Mohammed / IOM

Baidoa — Baidoa, a major economic centre in southwestern Somalia, has seen rapid population growth as displacement driven by conflict and climate change has greatly accelerated in recent years. In just the last decade, it is estimated that Baidoa’s population has doubled.

The increased influx of forcibly displaced people arriving to the urban area has made it challenging for humanitarian partners to reach all those who need support. Most displaced families continue to live in makeshift shelters (“buuls”) made from discarded clothes, cartons, and sticks, which offer little protection against heavy rainfall or sweltering heat.

In comparison to the rest…


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Credit: Muse Mohammed / IOM

Mogadishu- Three years ago, 67-year-old Omar made the difficult decision to leave his home in Ethiopia after his family’s livestock perished following a prolonged drought. His situation was made worse by inter clan clashes, which continue to plague the Somalia region of Ethiopia.

Omar arrived in Somalia in 2017, crossing the border on foot. Today, he lives with his daughter and her four children at Kabasa, one of the most impoverished camps for displaced persons in in Doolow, a small town in Gedo region in the southern part of Somalia at the border with Ethiopia.

He is forced to spend…


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In 1951, IOM, — known back then as the Provisional Intergovernmental Committee for the Movement of Migrants from Europe — started providing vaccines as part of its pre-migration health activities. (1951). © IOM

Since its inception, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working to improve immunization coverage for migrants and forcibly displaced persons across the world.

“Vaccines are one of our most important and cost-effective tools to prevent outbreaks, protect individuals, and therefore keep entire communities safe and healthy,” says IOM Director General António Vitorino. …


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In August, nearly 150 Nigeriens stranded in Côte d’Ivoire were assisted with voluntary return home via a humanitarian corridor set up by the Ivorian and Nigerian governments. Photo: Mohamed DIabaté/IOM Côte d’Ivoire

An estimated 30,000 migrants in vulnerable situations were stranded in West and Central Africa in May, as COVID-19 began to spread in the region.

“Migrant in vulnerable situations” is a term often used, but is the meaning really understood? Why are they considered vulnerable? Why do they need immediate assistance?

Based on its unique field experience, IOM recognizes operational challenges and protection gaps in identifying, protecting and assisting migrants who are not entitled to international protection as refugees, stateless persons or victims of human trafficking, but who nonetheless require protection and assistance. In order to respond to this challenge, IOM…


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Virtual support and counseling enable family members of returnees to share experiences, and draw support from each other to care for their relatives during the lockdown. Credit: Jorge Galindo / IOM

In Nigeria, COVID-19 has posed great challenges to returnees. Among those worst affected are people with mental health and psychosocial needs.

Movement restrictions imposed by the Nigerian government have made assistance to returnees and their families particularly challenging. Due to these restrictions, returnees with psychological concerns face challenges in accessing dedicated mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services. Moreover, as economic activities came to a halt, caregivers observed symptoms of relapse and deterioration of their beneficiaries’ psychosocial wellbeing.

Under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, a COVID-19 assessment was conducted via phone in the West and Central…


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Volunteers make a difference in the lives of others, without asking for anything in return. Read about these three IOM volunteers and how they reach others in time of need.

Standing up for peace by Jacob Gnammou


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Women participate in a focus group discussion conducted by Marica Rasau after the ‘Build Back Safer’ training in Vusuya Settlement, Tailevu District, Central Division, Fiji. Photo: IOM/Daniel Noriega

Tropical Cyclone Harold caused extensive destruction after making landfall as a category 4 storm in the Republic of Fiji on 8 April 2020.

Since then, International Organization for Migration’s partnership with the Fijian NGO Live and Learn has supported the ongoing rebuilding efforts by responding to the shelter needs of some of the most vulnerable households affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold (‘TC Harold’) in Vatulele island and Tailevu province (Western and Central Divisions respectively).

To address the shelter, water and sanitation and food security needs of 200,000 people affected, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) contributed USD 100,000 to…


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“People may think problems are only to be shared with family, but strangers sometimes become family.” — Ferdjani. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac

Organizing a basketball camp at a time when COVID-19 has forced the suspension of so many sporting activities across the globe was no easy feat.

In early October however, players from across Niger and ten migrants hosted at IOM’s transit centers, aged 13 to 19, took on the challenge and participated in this year’s edition of Hoops4Kids, in Niamey.

In 1993, Yacouba Sangaré was playing for Niger’s national basketball team, which gave him the opportunity to relocate to the Unites States. From his new home, he founded the non-profit organization Hoops4Kids as a means of giving back to his community…

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