IOM works with national and local authorities in order to gain a better understanding of population movements throughout West and Central Africa. Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs) allow IOM to quantify and qualify migration flows, trends, and routes, at entry, exit, and transit points (such as border crossing posts, bus stations, rest areas, police checkpoints and reception centres). Since July 2016, several flow monitoring points have been progressively set up in important locations in Mali, such as Gao, Timbuktu, Kidal, Menaka, Mopti, Kayes, Segou, Sikasso, and Bamako, to monitor the daily movements of migrants heading to West and North African countries.
In July 2018, the average daily number of individuals observed at the Flow Monitoring Points increased by 8% compared to the previous month.
Nationals from Mali, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Gambia accounted for 82% of all the migrants recorded at the flow monitoring points.
Algeria, Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso are major transit countries for migrants after their stopover in Mali.
Economic migration, including but not limited to long-term migration of more than 6 months (83% of flows) and shortterm movement (13% of flows), is the main observed type of movement