Nigerians will be afforded the opportunity of live interaction with the International Organisation for
Migration (IOM), the United Nations (UN) Migration Agency launched as a social media campaign to
inform African migrants.
The campaign, tagged Aware Migrants campaign, through social media, in particular Facebook,
YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, gives migrants the opportunity to exchange opinions and
experiences, share pictures, videos and other types of testimonies gathered throughout the journey
will be hosted as an online interactive press conference on Wednesday, March 15 at 10am GMT.
Flavio Di Giacomo and Shiraz Jerbi, IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean – the UN
Migration Agency will host the online press conference.
UN report indicates that so far in 2017, 19,567 migrants arrived by sea to Italy and after the recent
shipwreck, 521 have died at sea, 50 more compared to the same period in 2016. The majority of
these migrants are from Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal and Gambia, same as in 2016.
Thirty-one video testimonies, from migrants who have made the journey, have been produced so far
and have been disseminated through social media.
The Aware Migrants campaign aims to inform migrants from 15 countries, mostly in West Africa plus
Tunisia and Egypt, about the dangers of migrating irregularly across the Sahara desert, Libya and the
The report further note that some of the migrants who make it to Europe and share their ordeal
with the IOM, reveal that their journey was far more dangerous than expected. Many are unaware
of the dangers and risks of migrating with the assistance of smugglers, not only at sea or in the
desert, but also in transit countries like Libya. “Recalling the life-threatening risks along their journey
is often very distressing and in many instances, most migrants wish to forget and move forward with
their lives and therefore tend not to share their experience with peers who are still back home.”
Registration for the online press conference is on http://www.APO.af/IOMafrica.