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19 October 2018

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An exercise along the Niger river challenges the response of government and local communities to the sudden mass movement of people.

500 People Participate in IOM’s Fourth Cross-Border Crisis Simulation Exercise in Niger

Tillabéri – More than 500 members from communities, local authorities, civil society and security forces participated in IOM’s fourth crisis simulation exercise this week (17/10) in Tillabéri, Niger.

The exercise took place in close partnership with the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Natural Disaster Management, and the Ministry of Health in Niger.


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Participants in one of the thematic break-out groups during the National Migration Policy consultative workshop in Harare. Photo: IOM

IOM Supports Development of Zimbabwe’s National Migration Policy

Harare – “Migration is cross cutting as a number of sector ministries have migration mandates,” said Alois Matongo, Director for Policy and Research in Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.

“It therefore calls for collective effort among state and non-state actors to come up with an overall migration policy that speaks to all aspects of migration. This workshop is evidence that we have started the development process of the NMP on a strong footing.”

Matongo rallied stakeholders to remain steadfast to the NMP development process as a true whole-of-government approach to migration governance.


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