National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on Thursday said 200,346 Nigerians fled the country in 2016 and were granted refugee status in neighbouring countries.
It added that about 36,000 others arrived in Europe by sea. Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Sadiya Farouq, at a consultative forum on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, in Lagos on Thursday, said the 36,000 migrants, according to the Italian Ministry of Interior, accounted for 21 per cent of the total 171, 299 immigrants who arrived in Europe by sea.
“In March 2017, there were 1, 899, 830 internally displaced persons in Nigeria due to various insurgencies and environmental disasters. For these reasons, about 200, 346 Nigerians fled in 2016 alone and were granted refugee status in neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger,” she said.
Farouq said the Federal Government through the NCFRMI in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Swiss Agency Development Cooperation and the European Union, had commenced consultations with relevant stakeholders to curtail illegal migration in and out of the country.
She explained that the process is as a result of the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016 which provided a platform to develop a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, with member states tasked to commence the process of developing GCM at national, regional and continental levels through a consultative forum.
Farouq said, “Nigerian youths continue to leave the country in droves for destinations unknown in their quest for greener pastures. While some fortunate ones have relocated abroad, some unfortunate ones die on the journey, with many others trapped in transit.” PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> How I Made Me =N=2.5 MILLION In 7 Days from 2 Common Product I Imported and how you can do the same. Click HERE FOR FREE Details right now Warning To Men: This 3 Foods Is Killing Your Erection. Click Here To Know Them REVEALED!! Reduce Your Blood Sugar Level And Reverse Diabetics Within A Short Period Of Time. Click Here To See How Warning: Got Arthritis? 3 Simple Ways To Get Cured And Be Permanently Free From Joint Pains. Click Here To See Them Secret Fruits that increased my Manhood and makes me last 55 minutes+ all time - Click here to get it MIDNIGHT,Pressed Mr Kilanko Suddenly Couldn't Urinate. Shrink your Enlarged Prostrate Here! Click Here Now