NIAMEY, MARCH 28 – IOM Niger is launching 20 community-based reintegration projects for over 3,000 returning migrants in five of the primary countries of origin – Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Cameroon – with support from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and as part of the Migrant Response and Resource Mechanism (MRRM).
These activities will be carried out between March and September 2017, the implementation time estimated for the reintegration projects. An additional 3,000 members of local communities will benefit from these projects.
The Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM) programme aims to contribute to the improvement of security and stability in Niger through the development of a comprehensive approach to managing mixed migratory flows.
The objectives of the programme are to provide direct assistance to migrants in transit centres and along migratory routes, and to support the sustainable and effective socioeconomic reintegration of migrants in their countries of origin. The community-based reintegration activities will reinforce existing community development initiatives by placing migrants and potential migrants at the centre of the project, and by providing returning migrants, assisted by IOM Niger, with the possibility of engaging in the development of their own towns and villages.
In 2016, IOM assisted over 4,800 migrants to return to their communities of origin under the first phase of MRRM, and more than 70 reintegration projects were implemented in Senegal, the Gambia, Nigeria, Mali and Guinea Bissau.
In addition, in 2016, IOM Niger organized and implemented three vocational trainings in brick manufacturing, jewelry making and business management at the transit centre in Agadez for over 600 beneficiaries, including both migrants and members of the local community. As part of phase II of MRRM, IOM is expanding its community reintegration activities by reinforcing the link between the assisted voluntary return activities and small development initiatives in countries of origin. (@OnuItalia)