Commission says 14, 811 Nigerian migrants return in 2 years

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), said 14,811 Nigerian Migrants had been assisted to return with 74 chartered flight from 14 countries from 2017 till date.

Mr Charles Anaelo, Coordinator, Technical Working Group of the Commission, made the disclosure in a report at a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said said that 8,678 of the refugees were females while 6,133 were males.

Anaelo said that a total of 13,075 returned from Libya and 7,926 had received business training, adding that 4,940 were males while 3,022 were females.

He said that 52 business skills training were carried out in six states comprising of Edo, Kano, Delta, Kaduna, Nassarawa and Lagos states for the returnees.

The coordinator said that under the refugees status determination within the period under review,  95 asylum seekers were considered, 85 households were recommended for acceptance while six households were recommended for rejection.

He said that the implementation of tripartite agreement by Nigeria, Cameroon and United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for the voluntary repatriation of Nigeria refugees in Cameroon has been operationalised.

The coordinator said 134 persons have been returned to Nigeria and the returnees are mainly indigenes of Adamawa, adding that the returnees had been reintegrated into the local communities.

He said that NCFRMI doubles as the coordinating agency for all migration related issues as well as the lead agency for forced migration and return, readmission and reintegration thematic working group.

According to him, this report covers activities implemented under migration coordination and thematic group on forced migration and Return, Readmission and Reintegration within the period under review.


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