IOM Niger 2016 Migrant Profiling Report

In 2016, the IOM mission in Niger collected the testimonies of the almost 6,300 migrants it assisted its four transit centres in Niger – in Agadez, Arlit, Dirkou and Niamey – during that year. Most of the migrants were West African nationals who arrived in IOM transit centres after having resided for varying periods of time in Algeria or Libya, largely with the intention of returning to their countries of origin. The number of migrants assisted in IOM transit centres in 2016 represents an almost 3-fold increase relative to 2014, also due to the increasing numbers of returns through the country, which mainly reflects IOM’s efforts to expand its assistance activities in the country.

By presenting the results of the migrant profiling exercise the report provides evidence of the numerous difficulties and risks faced by migrants during their journeys and upon arrival in countries of temporary residence. The aim of the report is to contribute to a better understanding of recent migration trends and experiences from West and Central Africa to North Africa, thus improving programmatic and policy responses to protect migrants in vulnerable situations and address the challenges of irregular migration and migrant smuggling.

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