ICMPD, Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project

North of Africa

38 projects

The North Africa region is characterised as an area of origin, transit and final destination for mixed migration flows from sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, with some countries of these regions affected by on-going instability and conflict. It represents one of the largest destination regions for foreign labour and is a region of origin for migrants, albeit to a lesser extent. The instability still affecting some parts of the region, in particular Libya, continues to generate irregular movements to Europe, as well as an increase in the number of persons seeking international protection.

Despite the challenges, migration remains a powerful vehicle for development, essential for the long term growth perspectives of Europe and third countries. In this respect, remittances have significantly increased in the past twenty years while new destination countries become strong magnets for students seeking a high-quality education and diasporas' networks a vigorous channel for advocacy, investments, knowledge sharing and intercultural dialogue.

In this context, the global objective for the North of Africa of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF for Africa) is to contribute to safe, secure, legal and orderly migration from, to and within the region and support an effective management of migration flows that protects human rights. As migration is a complex phenomenon, a cross-border approach is put forward through the different regions covered by the EUTF for Africa to allow the development of joint actions along the migratory routes which concern these countries.

Check out the factsheet to learn more about the EU support on migration in North Africa:

application/pdf the EUTF North of Africa regional factsheet

EXPORT PROJECTS LIST

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131 628
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

20 476
Number of voluntary returns or humanitarian repatriation supported

81 267
Number of people receiving basic social services

85 896
Number of migrants, or potential migrants, reached out by information campaign on migration and risks linked to irregular migration

News & Stories

 EU IOM JI Arzouma's storyIOM / Alexander Bee
STORY | 22 December 2021

Arzouma’s successful return story

Arzouma returned from Algeria four years ago. His return was difficult: when he came back with no money in his pocket, family and friends alike turned their backs on him because of his failed attempt to migrate irregularly. He suffered a lot of discrimination and...

EU-IOM JI 5 years anniversary_Daouda storyIOM/Moayad Zaghdani
NEWS | 16 December 2021

EU-IOM Joint Initiative marks five years of supporting migrants and their communities across Africa

15 December 2021— Daouda is one of the 166 Nigerien migrants who returned from Tripoli to Niamey on a charter flight organised by the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in February...

REG-REG-04_EU-IOM_GH_Faustina success storyIOM
STORY | 29 September 2021

EUTF Success stories: Faustina

Faustina decided to leave Ghana for Libya to look for greener pastures. When she got there, it was not what she had expected. “Work wasn’t easy there. Walking from home to the workplace, you might be arrested,” she recounts. Nonetheless, she stayed for four years. Eventually, as things did...

EU-IOM JI SEED Project PlaygroundIOM Ghana 2021/Francis Kokoroko
NEWS | 12 August 2021

Playground – Empowering young people in Ghana to build their dreams

On 2 July 2021, in Jamestown, Accra, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Project and DUNK...