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COP22: Climate refugees

 Migration and Climate Change: An African perspective

By Samir ABI, Permanent Secretary of the West African Observatory on Migrations

(Presentation given during the Agora Arts and Culture event at the COP 22 in Marrakech, November 16, 2016)


Although the impact of climate change on migration and the link between professional mobility and greenhouse gas emissions is frequently discussed, the impact on greenhouse gas emissions from restrictions to African citizens’ freedom of movement is less of a talking point. The fact that the COP 22 is being held in Morocco, on African soil, provides us with an opportunity to denounce this injustice which is just as much a contributor to climate change. (suite…)


Mauritania: Migrant’s rights

 SOS for Subharian migrants

By Samir ABI


They are from Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Togo, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea in short just the sons and daughters of the African continent. They are masons, painters, merchants, teachers, fishermen, mechanics, launderers, domestic workers working every day to earn their bread by the sweat of their brow. They live in Mauritania since three years, since fifteen, or since any other time. Fate led them  where they could find a job and develop personally while helping their parents back home. They ask only one thing, to live and work legally in Mauritania. Their wishes do not seem to meet the interests of the Mauritanian authorities who made the regularization of the situation the migrants find themselves in, particularly the sub-Saharans, an obstacle-strewn path. A few days spent with them allows us to share their fears and their hopes while at the same time stressing  the magnitude and urgency of support needed. (suite…)

Migrants rights in Togo


           The year 2015 saw the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the rights of all migrant workers and their family members. For this occasion, and seeking to secure an increased consideration of migrant rights and to motivate a migration policy that will bring development to the Togolese state, the association Visions Solidaires publishes a second report on migrants rights in Togo which follows from the previous one issued in 2013. This fifty page inventory of migration law in Togo offers a concise approach to the whole of legal norms pertaining to migration as well as their practical enforcement. For comprehension purposes, it classifies migrants into 10 categories based on:

  1. The content of the legal norms
  2. Their practical reach
  3. The recommendations that Visions Solidaires drew from its analysis.

Trafic d'enfant


BIG NOISE CAMPAIGN for the free movement of people 2013


Launching of the 2nd BIG NOISE CAMPAIGN for the free movement of people

For the second year in a row, Visions Solidaires Association is launching the BIG NOISE CAMPAIGN for the free movement of people. In a year marked by the death of numerous African migrants, the BIG NOISE CAMPAIGN will focus on fair migratory policy. Tribute will be paid to the martyrs of the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Guinean Gulf, the deserts of Africa, and to all the migrants, who, worldwide, lost their lives, seeking peace and daily bread. (suite…)