The evaluation of the pilot project started in October 2017 to provide vital information to migrants travelling the migratory route from Central to North America through a digital information system has been completed and the results are very positive.
“_The screen helped me to ask for refuge, to know my rights as a migrant and to know the location of the consulate of El Salvador_” Salvadoran migrant, 19 years old.
“One of the first questions migrants ask in the camps is if there is Wi-Fi access and where they can charge their phones.” Says Amira Almakzomy, project assistant for IOM in Bosnia. ”Moreover, internet is their gateway to information, and to a range of services like the asylum procedures, as well as connection with the responsible person for the assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR).” She continues.
“Migrants”, “refugees”, “displaced people”, how many times have we heard these words? We have been hearing them so many times during the past few years that we risk missing their true meaning. Words that are commonly used, but that rarely depict the multifaceted nature of what they aim to describe. Behind those words there are actually many individuals, each of them with their own story, all different from one another, different home countries, paths, destinations, dreams, hopes, fears and needs, but all of them with one common element: the pursuit of normality.
An estimated 2,3 million people have left Venezuela since 2015 due to the difficult social, economic and political situation in their country. Brazil has been particularly affected by this migration crisis with 500 people currently entering the country each day.
The current situation in Syria remains very difficult, with the local population struggling to access healthcare services and an estimated 492 attacks on medical facilities since the beginning of the war.