Returned migrants play a central role as Volunteers in the development, planning and implementation of the Migrants as Messengers campaign.




Through their stories, the learnings from their migratory experiences and their creativity, MaM Volunteers are the principal authors and actors of the campaign.


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Migrants as Messengers

West Africa

Migrants as Messengers activities are currently taking place in seven countries in West Africa, including Cote d’IvoireThe GambiaGuinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. As of 31 March 2020, there had been 18,3371 irregular migrants arriving in Europe from the beginning of 2020, with many of them coming from African countries, including many West African countries.

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Peer-to-Peer Communication is Key to Raise Awareness

Nobody knows how many of the 22,000 people who died trying to reach Europe from Africa since 2014 knew about the terrible dangers awaiting them. Were some aware but decided to face the huge risks anyway? Did they block out the brutal realities everyone faces along the way? What we know, is that many thinking about undertaking these journeys underestimate the level of risk. Hugely so. When we asked young people, who said they planned to migrate from Senegal, to estimate the number of migrant deaths on the road or at sea over the past five years, over 40 per cent guessed it was less than 1,000. Only five per cent came close to the actual figure.

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