IOM Mali News

A migration profile of Mali released today finds that this landlocked West African country remains essentially a country of emigration, although increasing numbers of irregular migrants appear to transit through Mali on their way to Europe via the Maghreb countries.

IOM and the Government of Mali are today launching a nationwide information campaign to raise public awareness of the dangers of irregular migration in order to better prevent it.

The campaign entitled "To Leave…But at What Cost?" (Partir…Mais à quel prix?) is funded by the European Commission and the Government of Mali and follows similar campaigns in Senegal, Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana.

The IOM office in Bamako is launching a project to find out how Malians abroad can best contribute to the development of their home country.

The project, which is carried out in cooperation with the Ministry for Malians Abroad and African Integration, will over the next eight months gather data on migrant communities in France, Spain, Côte d'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The aim of this project is to identify skills available in the diasporas and possible investment opportunities as part of a Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) programme.