Addressing returnees’ economic, social and psychosocial needs and foster the inclusion of communities of return in reintegration planning and support.

Since the launch of the Joint Initiative in April 2017, over 70,000 migrants at different stages of the reintegration process benefitted from almost 150,000 services in West and Central Africa until 31 October 2021.  

Burkina Faso

His biggest pride

“When I came back, people regarded me as a ‘failure’.” Arzouma Lingani returned from Algeria four years ago. With IOM’s support, he set up a business selling car parts. Today, Arzouma owns three stores in Ouagadougou. Being able to support himself and his granddaughter and to help the two apprentices he works with is now his greatest pride. 

Photo : IOM 2021/Judicaël Gaël Lompo

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Gambia

First bakery in the community

As part of a community-based reintegration project, Omar runs the first bakery in his community. It is enhancing food supply in the area, as well as neighbouring border communities in Senegal.

Photo : IOM 2021/Alessandro Lira

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Ghana

Gari offering livelihood opportunities

In November 2020, IOM and the Dormaa East District Assembly in the Bono region of Ghana joined efforts to establish a new Gari processing factory and a cashew seedlings nursery in Praprabaabida. This initiative aims to provide livelihoods for returnees and community members and ensure that youths have access to opportunities at home instead of risking their lives on irregular migration routes. 

In July 2021, beneficiaries share the positive impact of the initiative: “The Gari factory has helped us a lot to support our husbands and provide for our children,” said Adwoa, a community member.

Photo : IOM 2021/Geoffrey Buta 

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EU-IOM Joint Initiative in Ghana - 4 Years On

Building government capacities to protect vulnerable migrants and empowering returnees to rebuild their lives – were among the highlights of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.

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Ivory Coast

School Rehabilitation Project

IOM, in partnership with the NGO Action-entreprises, trained 80 young people, including 50 returnees and 30 community members, in construction skills. This training enabled them to rehabilitate a primary school in Bouaké-Gonfreville.

Photo : IOM 2020/Mohamed Diabaté

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Guinea

Selling onions for successful reintegration

Upon his return from Algeria in January 2022, thanks to IOM, Sékou chose onion trading as his reintegration activity. Today, he imports onions from Mali and sells them throughout Guinea. He works with his mother in the market of Kankan, in Upper Guinea.

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Guinea-Bissau

6th Cash-For-Work activity

25 migrants and 25 community members participated in a tree planting activity, which took place in the border community of Pirada, between Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, where they joined the local population in the planting activity.

Photo : IOM 2019 

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Guinea

Mory now operates his own salon

Mory who returned to Guinea after receiving reintegration assistance from IOM, learned his trade from his older sister. He loves making women look beautiful. In his salon in Guéckédou, he does hair, make-up and prepares brides.

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Nigeria

Barber Rex

Rex Ikponmwosa, one of the returnees under the Joint Initiative, attends to a client at his barber shop in Edo State, Nigeria. As part of his reintegration business, Rex operates a barber shop as a source of living for his family. 

Photo : IOM 2019/Amanda Nero

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Niger

Sitting volleyball

Antoine is a Nigerien returnee. Although he is not disabled, Antoine has always advocated for the integration of disabled people. Passionate about sports, he has had one goal in mind for years: to create a sitting volleyball team for people with disabilities. As part of his reintegration, he is making his dream come true.

Photo : IOM/Daniel Kisito Kouawo

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Guinea

Farming pays off

Moussa Condé returned from Algeria in 2018. Determined to overcome the difficulties he faced on the migratory route and eager to do business in his community of origin, he created the collective group « Fasso Kany » with three other returneesin Kankan, Upper Guinea. The three beneficiaries started growing local rice, a way for them to contribute to food self-sufficiency.  

Photo : IOM 2020/Lucas Chandellier 

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Mali

Welding enthusiast

Returning from Libya in 2019, Sory Doumbia, passionate about welding, opted for metal carpentry as his reintegration project. To succeed in his project, he enrolled in a training centre to complete his knowledge. At the end of this training, he received all the equipment he needed to set up shop. Thanks to his work, Sory earns enough to support himself. In turn, he gives other young people the chance to learn the trade in his workshop.

Photo : IOM 2020/Moussa Tall

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