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IMO/UNHCR preliminary report reveals useful information about migrants

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The preliminary report compiled by the International Organisation for Migration

(IOM) working in collaboration with the UN High Commission for Refugees

(UNHCR) is now in the hands of the government and as it has promised, the report

has been made public.

The report said, this preliminary analysis is based on responses provided by 110

individuals, representing migrant groups of interest during a rapid assessment

conducted between April 1-10, 2023, in Antigua and Barbuda. “The migrant group

of interest includes adults originating from West African countries who arrived in

Antigua between November and December 2022. The data was collected using

questionnaires created using The International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) which forms part of a methodology

designed by The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Both the tool and

methodology were provided to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda prior to

the start of field work,” the report stated, outlining its methodology.

Overall, the report provides insights into the migrant community on the issues

concerning how they arrived in Antigua and Barbuda, what are their intentions

whilst here, and what are the forces that drove them to travel to Antigua and

Barbuda in the first place.

According to the report, on the question of migration, nearly all respondents (99%)

claimed to have arrived in Antigua and Barbuda via air and 98% used their

passport for travel. “Most respondents (51%) did not fund their own trip to Antigua

and Barbuda; the majority of those (31%) had family pay for their travel. At the

time of the assessment, most individuals claimed to be without regular migration

status,” the report revealed.

Additionally, 60% of the respondents claimed to have no plans of leaving Antigua

and Barbuda while 36 % had plans on leaving. Most (76%) had no plans on

returning to their country of origin / birth. A total of 94 % were afraid of returning

to their country of birth/origin. When asked which country was their final

destination most respondents (46%) said Antigua and Barbuda followed by 16 %

who said The United States. Most respondents said they needed information or

support regarding work permits, employment/income generation and legal

assistance (including migration status and refugee status determination).

A very high number of the respondents, a total of 82 %, said they had experienced

discrimination while in Antigua. A total of 94% said they left their country of

origin due to violence related reasons and 94 % answered they fear to return to

their country of birth/origin. A total of 44% cited migrant status (work permits) as

their major specific need, with 39 % citing employment and income generation. 29

% said they need legal assistance and legal status; 24% cited accommodation and

assistance with shelter as their main need. An estimated 53 % of respondents said

they received support since their arrival in Antigua. Most of the support took the

form of ‘in-kind’ donations.


Approximately 10% of all respondents were found to have a chronic medical

condition; 38% of females assessed were either currently pregnant or had been

pregnant before. When asked about food intake, most respondents (75 %) reported

to have either skipped meals, ate less than usual, or went at least a day without

eating. Roughly 28 % said they need medical care.


A total of 110 adults (78 male and 32 female) gave consent to participate in and

completed the rapid assessment. Approximately 94% of respondents identified

their country of birth as Cameroon. About 52% said Nigeria was their last country

of residence. Most respondents (88%) were under the age of 40 and the majority

(64%) selected single as their marital status.


Most respondents (44%) have completed a university degree.

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