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IOM calls for “humanitarian corridors” for migrants caught in the Sahel because of border closures

May 31, 2020

Population movements in West Africa are a hallmark of this region of the continent, and migrants generally move to another country in the region to find better ways of life. However, the Sahel countries in particular have also become the way to North Africa and ultimately to Europe. The border closure caused by the corona virus has now trapped thousands of them without the possibility of continuing their journey or returning to their country.

“Mobility is something very important in this region,” emphasizes the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Central and West Africa, Sophie Nonnemacher, which is why the measures to combat the pandemic, especially the closure of borders, have in of the population.

There are currently around 9 million migrant workers and their families in the region, to which around 5 million internally displaced people have to be added, mainly due to the violence that affects several countries in the region – especially the central Sahel region and Lake Chad – and that 20 Percent of the population is grazing, “so they have to move their cattle,” he said in an interview with Europa Press.

IOM calls for “humanitarian corridors” for migrants caught in the Sahel because of border closuresIOM calls for “humanitarian corridors” for migrants caught in the Sahel because of border closures

Movement restrictions internally imposed in the countries, as well as the closing of borders to prevent the spread of infections, have “a major impact on the access of millions of people to livelihood” in the region. and especially this population group, he explains.