(Xinhua) -- The UN agency said on Thursday that it
has rolled out a mobile app called MigApp to empower migrants in
East and Horn of Africa.
According to the International
Organization for Migration (IOM), MigApp is a mobile based tool
that serves as a one-stop-shop where migrants can access
updated, reliable and practical information as well as IOM
“We developed MigApp to help migrants
make informed decisions throughout their migration journey.
It provides a secure, reliable information for a safe
journey and allows sharing of location with loved ones,”
Alex Dougan, IOM’s MigApp Project Manager, said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
The mobile application leverages
current technology and the widespread use of mobile
telecommunications to bring a secure, objective and
MigApp has been rolled out in Burundi,
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Djibouti, South Sudan
and Somalia where the use of mobile telephony is common.
“In these nine countries, migrants and
IOM partners have been receiving flyers and business cards
containing information on how to use MigApp,” IOM said.
The UN migration agency said political
instability, drought and economic challenges continue to drive
large-scale mixed migration within and from the region as people
move in search of a better life for themselves and their loved
MigApp is a tool to help make
migration safer while at the same time allowing users to access
MigApp enables the capture and
analysis of migration trends and patterns at country, region or
global levels. It provides an opportunity for IOM’s programs to
be more proactive in formulating informed responses to