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6th of February 2020 : International Day of Commemoraction for People Killed and Missing on the Migration Routes

Participation of Alarme Phone Sahara in Agadez, Sokodé, Bamako, Edéa and Oujda

MOUNCHILI, hero of migration and victim and of anti-migration policy

The story of Mounchili, a migrant from Cameroon, who was deported from Algeria into the desert on the border of Niger in January 2020.

 

Migration and Insecurity in the ECOWAS region

Reflections on the restriction of freedom of movement between ECOWAS countries, based on traveling experiences between Niamey and Ouagadou by Dr. Chehou Azizou and Moctar Dan Yayé in October 2019.

Emergency evacuation mechanism for refugees: more than 1300 evacuees from Libya to Niger resettled (UNHCR)

An article in French on the evacuation of refugees from Libya to NIger on Niamey.com:

Emergency evacuation mechanism for refugees: more than 1300 evacuees from Libya to Niger resettled (UNHCR)

HCR Niamey

Testimony of migrants refouled from Algeria to Assamakka/Niger on 1st of May 2019

According to this testimony from survivors, a number of 600 people of multiple nationalities, including women and children, were left behind at the border between Algeria and Niger.

Advice for migrants when crossing the desert (french)

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Raising awareness - for what purpose?

The IOM (International Organisation of Migration) is presently organising an "awareness raising caravan" through different cities of Niger (from Niamey to Tahoua, Agadez, Arlit and others) to "raise awareness of the risks of irregular migration and its alternatives".

But what are actually the aims the IOM pursues?

https://www.iom.int/news/awareness-raising-caravan-sets-month-long-trip-across-niger

"In Niger, the UE counts on local police to track down migrants"

A report in French on mediapart.fr on the installation of biometric tools as part of "Midas" - the system of information and analysis on data concerning migration - at border checkpoints of Niger republic.

Refoulés d’Algérie, des migrants sont identifiés par l’OIM à Agadez au Niger, en 2018. © Francesco Bellina

© Francesco Bellina

"Midas" is financed by the EU in collaboration with Japan and set up by the IOM - creator and owner of the Midas system - together with Eucap Sahel, the "civil security" mission of the EU in the Sahel countries.

Sudanese refugees in Agadez / Niger

Besides people blocked in transit in Niger or pushed back from Algeria, there is a rising number of refugees in Agadez/Niger who have applied for asylum in Niger republic and who are living in camps run by UNHCR or by NGOs collaborating with UNHCR. Most of them are Sudanese from Darfur region.

Torture against desperate resistance of migrants and refugees incarcerated in Libya by forces financed by EU anti-migration policies

A report on Al Jazeera on the case of at least 30 refugees and migrants who were tortured in Libya in March 2019 after having fled from a detention centre and holding a protest in the city of Tripolis in March 2019.