Promoting safe and informed migration is a core component of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration. The EU-IOM Joint Initiative provides accurate information on migration and return to migrants and both their host societies and communities of return. The aim is not only to inform about the risks of irregular migration, but also about possibilities of regular migration, and to foster better understanding between migrants/returnees and their societies. The activities seek to ensure that migrants and potential migrants are enabled to make informed decisions.
Communication activities will not only raise awareness but also influence behaviour and mobilise communities while engaging decision-makers through advocacy measures.
In the month of January 2020, the following activities took place :
In Cameroon, IOM partner Association des Rapatriés et de Lutte contre l'Emigration Clandestine du Cameroun (ARECC) organized educational and community talks in three high schools and one church in the West Region of Cameroon, reaching 585 youths.
In Côte d’Ivoire, trained community mobilizers reached more than 970 people through women-only fora, sports, and cultural activities, meeting with community leaders and community conversations.
In Nigeria, a music concert for Safe Migration and Social Cohesion was organized in Benin City. The concert was organized in collaboration with the Edo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking (ETAHT) and brought together more than 1,100 youths.
In Ghana, community outreach events reached 1,050 people in the Ashanti region.
In Guinea, 15 community outreach sessions were organized in Conakry, Boké, Kankan, Mamou et Zaly, reaching 1,939 people including 665. Awareness-raising activities in Guinea are organized in partnership with NGOs, local radios, public and private schools, universities and migrants associations.
In The Gambia, more than 950 youths were reached through activities in the Migrant Information Centres (MICs).
Using Art to Raise Awareness for Safe and Informed Migration
We often look for new ways, together with communities and returnees, to share experiences and messages that have a powerful impact on individuals. One innovative method we explored through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative is the use of art to encourage social cohesion between returnees or migrants in transit and members of their host communities. Through partnerships with artists such as the world-renowned photographer Reza, or the street art collective Street Art Sans Frontières, as well as local celebrities, we have conducted dozens of unique activities such as street art sessions, photojournalism training workshops, and public concerts reaching thousands of migrants and potential migrants across West and Central Africa.
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How is the EU-IOM Joint Initiative promoting safe and informed migration and social cohesion?