Human traffickers, primary drivers of irregular migration — NGO

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By Monday Ijeh

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Migration Enlightenment Undertaking, Nigeria (MEPN) says human traffickers are the principle drivers of irregular migration amongst youths in Nigeria.

NAN studies that MEPN is a Germany-based Nigerian diaspora initiative which began a marketing campaign for secure migration in 2017 and is already in its second section this 12 months.

Mr Kenneth Gbandi, a Co-Undertaking Director, MEPN, advised the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that  irregular migrants have been typically deceived by the traffickers including that if absolutely enlightened on the chance, wouldn’t embark on the journey.

“Simply hearken to the accounts of the returnees from Libya, a standard strand runs by means of their tales, they have been lied and deceived and didn’t know what they have been entering into,” he stated.

Gbandi known as on stakeholders to embark on sensitization of youths on the chance and risks of irregular migration including that about 2,000 individuals had been reported drowned within the Mediterranean in 2018.

He stated that studies had additionally proven that hundreds of younger Nigerians had been left stranded in Libya, Algeria and Morocco the place they have been uncovered to horrendous human rights abuses.

The co-project director stated that hundreds of the irregular migrants have been generally fortunate to get to Europe after being rescued within the excessive sea and brought to European ports.

In keeping with him, touchdown in Europe in such a fashion doesn’t imply the wrestle is over one other wrestle to accumulate authorized residency commences.

“In the present day, hundreds of Nigerians are in authorized limbo throughout Europe as a result of getting into Europe with out visa means it’s a must to apply for political or humanitarian asylum to be granted a brief keep.

“The asylum claims of most Nigerians are rejected as a result of Nigeria is just not thought of as a rustic the place there may be political persecution, which is the important thing situation for granting of asylum.

“In truth, Nigerians have the best rejection price of asylum functions made by Africans in Europe,” he stated.

He stated that data from German authorities had proven that about 30,000 Nigerians have been awaiting deportation with over a million migrants in authorized limbo in Europe.

The co-project director stated the NGO was shaped in 2016 in view of the necessity to sensitize Nigerians youths on the hazards of irregular migration.

NAN studies that the UN Worldwide Organisation for Migration (IOM) revealed that it has facilitated the return of 15,000 stranded Nigerians from numerous international locations in Europe from 2001 until date.

Of this determine, IOM stated, 9000 have been returned to Nigeria in a single 12 months from April 2017 until date beneath the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme.

The IOM stated the returnees arrived from greater than 20 international locations throughout Europe, Center East and North Africa.

Although the IOM/European Union initiative targets 3,800 irregular migrants for reintegration beneath a three-year programme, the determine of returnees has tripled.

The figures, the IOM stated,  additionally confirmed that greater than 50 per cent of the returnees have been from Edo state; 17 per cent of the returnees have been from Delta whereas Oyo, Ogun and Imo indigenes accomplished the highest 5 states.

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