Facts and Figures
Population (2016)
2 million
Net Migration Rate
-0.7 migrants/ 1,000 population
USD 178 million

Basic indicators point to Guinea Bissau as a major centre of recruitment for child trafficking in the West African Region. An IOM-commissioned report (2007) showed that children are trafficked chiefly from the eastern regions, and mostly destined to forced begging in neighboring Senegal. IOM has worked with government, and NGOs to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate these children with their families and into their communities.

IOM is also supporting efforts in the implementation of reintegration activities for Bissau-Guineans assisted to return back and reintegrate into their communities of origin. The mission has so far received returnees from Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Guinea Bissau has also received many evacuees from the Libya rescue operations conducted with the assistance of IOM.

Regulating migration

    Many are the challenges linked to the management of irregular migration in Guinea Bissau, which is a major departing point for child victims of trafficking and also a transit point for smuggled migrants heading to Europe and/or to the rest of the region. IOM is working closely with the authorities to tackle these two dimensions of irregular migration and provide both capacity building and direct assistance activities.


    • Building a Support Network for Children Victims of Trafficking in Guinea Bissau
    • On-going AVRR projects managed by IOM offices in destination countries


    • US Department of State, Office to Monitor Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP)
    Contact information

    International Organization for Migration (IOM)
    Rua Rui Djassi - CP179
    Prédio das Nacaoes Unidas, 4e Piso
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

    Tel: +245 95 522 93 08