Over 200,000 Nigerians fled the country in 2016- FG

Over 200,000 Nigerians fled the country in 2016- FG

National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has revealed that 200,346 Nigerians fled the country in 2016 and were granted refugee status in neighboring countries, revealed Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Sadiya Farouq, on Thursday.

Farouq, also said no fewer than 36,000 others arrived in Europe by sea.

“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.”

“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 at a consultative forum on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, in Lagos.

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.



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    Rosaline Ubeku 10 months ago

    NCFRMI????? Never heard of this commission, never knew Nigeria had any thing like this, hmmmmm

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    Tunde Adebayo 10 months ago

    This is remarkable, never knew we had an organization like this. Which ministry is this agency under please?

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    Kafayat Lawal 10 months ago

    I guess its a private initiative or sponsored by NGOs, if not then the government needs to do more to let Nigerians know about what they do.

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    Iyabo Odusote 10 months ago

    Commission for Refugees??? Where are they with all these people displaced due to the floods in Benue.

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    Danladi Idris 10 months ago

    Its interesting to know that we have an agency that can help to look into the plight of refugees. I reside not too far from Madagali local government area of Adamawa state and I see many displaced people too often, especially those affected by the insurgency and those trying to run away to neighboring countries through the borders. I would be interested if this agency has an office in Adamawa state.

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    Uche Anyanwu 10 months ago

    Syndicates are making huge sums of money luring young people out of this country with promises of better lives abroad but most of these young people get stuck in borders across west Africa, Guinea, Cameroon, Chad, Libya, Mali. We have heard tales of some of them being thrown into the lagoon, some killed, some used as rituals. I think the government through this agency should clamp down on the kingpins that collect money and subject these people to this ignoble action

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    Ikedia Wellington 10 months ago

    Story, story, story, I don’t think the agency exists, what is NCFRMI ?

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