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Ghana's new center to help citizens who want to migrate

Thanks to funding by the European Union, a MIC has been established in Sunyani, which is located in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. With the presence of the MIC, officials and the Brong Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council hope that those who are seeking to migrate will look first to the center for information. Lack of information is a major reason for illegal migration. Read More »

IOM provides alternatives to child trafficking in Ghana's Volta Region

IOM recently provided business assistance to fishermen. Typically, fishermen in this region use trafficked children to help them fish. Consequently, in addition to providing funding, IOM representatives showed 12 fishermen, who agreed to release trafficked children, how they could earn additional income producing cash crops or working in animal husbandry instead. Read More »

Guinea reinstitutes health screenings on borders due to Ebola cases

Guinea is reactivating health screenings on their borders following a new Ebola case in Sierra Leone. The Ebola case was confirmed on Jan. 12. Guinea will also reinforce their surveillance in Forecariah Prefecture. Guinea's National Emergency Operations Center and the Ministry of Health have requested that the IOM institute health screenings at the Pamelap checkpoint. Read More »

IOM works to rebuild borders in Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso

As the first part of its "Coordinated Border Management in Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso" project, International Organization for Migration reps completed field visits in Kongokire, Niger; Sona, Mali; and Kantchari, Burkina Faso. The visits included architects and border police officers and were a first step as the IOM moves toward rehabilitating border posts. Read More »

Benin examines protection of migrant workers' rights

Benin's Ministry of Justice is hosting a two-day workshop in Cotonou based on “Promoting the Ratification of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families,” a study recently conducted by researchers from the International Organization of Migration and the Benin Ministry’s Directorate of Human Rights. Read More »

Ghana’s frontline border officials improve Ebola preparedness

Training workshops were established at eight points of entry in Ghana to educate port officials on Ebola preparedness. The workshops were for officials at the Tema and Takoradi ports; Kotoka international airport; and the Elubo, Aflao, Paga, Hamile and Sampa border crossing points to prepare them to include EVD and other communicable disease surveillance in their daily routines. Read More »