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Transit migrants benefit from vocational training

Several local vocational training programmes are now available to young migrants who are moving through West Africa. On 7 March 2020, 34 migrants received certificates for completing English and computer science courses at the Nongo Youth Centre in the commune of Ratoma in the Republic of Guinea. “We left with the hope of having a good life, but after this training we finally understood that staying and succeeding is an option,” comments Souleymane Bah, a trainee.

This programme is initiated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). According to Saa Samuel Millimono, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at IOM-Guinea, “this initiative is an alternative for African and Guinean migrants stuck on the Mediterranean routes.” He added that “among these 15,000 migrants, more than 4,000 have already been reintegrated, i.e. have benefited from an income-generating activity or a training programme enabling them to become self-sufficient.” 

IOM-Guinea also relies on these migrants to inform other young potential migrants about legal migration options.


Photo credit: Mavo/Shutterstock. Photo caption: Three casually dressed young African businessmen talking together and using a laptop while working at a table in a modern office.