Algeria among the main transit countries for migrants after Mali- Report

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Algeria, Burkina Faso and Niger have constituted main transit countries for migrants after Mali, while majority of outgoing migrants identified at Gao FMPs transit, according to a report, released by International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The majority of the migrants surveyed indicate their intention to travel to Algeria and Libya while 41% say they want to go to Europe, mainly Spain and Italy, the report said.

In Algeria, and mainly in the province of Tamanrasset, those who cross through Benena, transit in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and, and mostly continue to Niger, noted the report.

Mali also has constituted a transit country for incoming migrants, mainly those who failed to cross the Sahara desert, or who decide to return to countries such as: Guinea, Senegal, Mali, and other sub-Saharan countries.

Guineans, Gambians and Senegalese ranked first among non-Malian migrants transiting Mali to West African countries, North Africa and Europe.

The vast majority of identified migrants arrived in Mali in transit buses. However migrants departing from Gao are mainly using trucks while those identified at other flow monitoring points are mostly using buses.

Most of the migrants are men (96%) and7% of migrants recorded at Gao and Benena FMPs are minors.

40,238 migrants were counted in Gao and Benena, representing an average of 110 migrants per day.

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