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.
Migrants as Messengers Volunteers are migrant returnees that interview other returned migrants to share t candid and emotional video testimonies with their friends, family, and wider communities through social media, including their own personal Facebook profiles as well as other IOM pages. Volunteers also share these stories through community engagement activities, radio, television, and more!
Migrants as Messengers (MaM) is a peer-to-peer awareness-raising campaign that empowers young people in West Africa to make informed decisions about migration.
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.
Migrants as Messengers on COVID-19
Migrants as Messengers: The Impact of Peer-to-Peer Communication on Potential Migrants in Senegal - Impact Evaluation Report
The report presents key results from a rigorous impact evaluation that assessed the impact of the Migrants as Messengers (MaM) information events in Dakar, Senegal. MaM was a peer-to-peer awareness-raising campaign implemented in Senegal, Guinea and Nigeria from December 2017 to March 2019.