INTERSOS has been working in Niger, in the region of Agadez, since 2019 managing, in collaboration with UNHCR, a project aiming at providing fundamental protection services for migrant children and asylum seekers in the country, in particular in the center of Agadez, through the creation of “protected spaces” offering shelter, medical screening, legal support and access to educational services. In addition, in the same region of Agadez, the organization monitors the migratory flow by intercepting the most vulnerable people, especially women and children.
Until recent years, Niger, and in particular the area of Agadez, has been the main transit country for migrants headed to Europe. Since the end of 2015, with the application of the law passed in the March of the same year, which declared illegal the traffic of migrants, this area of the country suffered an economic collapse while the usual migratory routes have moved towards new and alternative routes, far from the official and often more dangerous, exposing people to further and more serious violations of their fundamental rights. According to the IOM, about 140,000 people arrived in Niger during 2018, 32% of which were minors, who are the most exposed to possible violence, family separation, recruitment as children and child soldiers.
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