Forty years ago, Roberto Kozak, an official with IOM (or the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration [ICEM] as it was known then), was instrumental in the release and relocation of more than 30,000 political prisoners from Chile.
In 2015, over one million irregular migrants and refugees arrived in Europe after surviving dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea – 55% of them were women and children.
As I look out a broken taxi window as we drive through Lagos’ bustling and busy streets during rush hour, my attention is drawn to the numerous signs advertising job vacancies on walls and street lamp poles.
The current very significant levels of human mobility have put migration, more than ever, under the spotlight.
“Mama, I am hungry and thirsty; I want some water.”
“My child, go to bed and dream of water. Tomorrow when you wake up it will be there”.