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Vulnerable Malian families relocated from unsafe settlements on Niger’s south-western border. IOM and its partners assisted more than 500 families who have been living in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions since they crossed the border into Niger to escape fighting in northern Mali.

 

 

Vulnerable Malian families relocated from unsafe settlements on Niger’s south-western border. IOM and its partners assisted more than 500 families who have been living in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions since they crossed the border into Niger to escape fighting in northern Mali.


IOM Opens Agadez Transit Centre in Niger Desert

Niger - IOM has opened its fourth Niger transit and assistance center for migrants in the Saharan city of Agadez. The new center will normally accommodate up to 400 people, but will be able to host up to 1,000 in periods of crisis.

Agadez is one of the main migratory crossroads for irregular migrants from sub-Saharan Africa trying to reach Europe through Libya or Algeria.

An estimated 40,000 and 80,000 migrants transit annually through Niger, including Niger nationals and migrants from other West African countries including Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.

Sub-Saharan migrants expelled from Libya and Algeria are also often sent back home through Niger. In 2013, over 18,000 expelled migrants arrived in northern Niger. IOM Niger assisted 9,300 of the most vulnerable.

In Niger IOM has provided emergency and life-saving humanitarian assistance to expelled migrants, including registration, accommodation, food, medical care, psychological support, basic non-food items and transportation to their place of origin since 2011.

It launched its operations at the peak of the Libyan crisis with funding from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and the UN Central Emergency Fund (CERF).

The new Agadez transit center, which is funded by the Italian Ministry of Interior and supported by the Niger government, will reinforce IOM Niger’s capacity to help the most vulnerable stranded migrants.

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IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014


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