IOM Senegal trains returned migrants to become entrepreneurs

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This week IOM organized two training sessions on entrepreneurship for 40 returned migrants in Dakar and Touba in Senegal.

The four-day training, conducted with the National Agency for the Promotion of Youth Employment (ANPEJ), focused on building participants’ capacity in basic business management to facilitate their successful reintegration into Senegalese society.

In 2015, as part of its voluntary return activities, IOM Senegal helped some 200 returnees with similar training to facilitate their reintegration. Each course consists of a theoretical and a practical section, facilitated by two certified trainers. Participants learn the basics of management, accounting and finance.


The training programme is part of an IOM project funded by the European Union and Italy’s Ministry of Internal Affairs: Enhancing the sustainability of reintegration schemes for migrants returning to Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal from the EU.

“This type of training is frequently requested by returning migrants and reflects their need for business development support as part of the reintegration process. We are convinced that these trainings will be beneficial to the participants and will motivate them to further develop their entrepreneurial skills,” said IOM Senegal Chief of Mission Jo-Lind Roberts-Sene.

Mridha Shihab Mahmud

Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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