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 neighbouring countries; while about 36,000 others arrived in Europe by sea.
Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Sadiya Farouq, said on Thursday at a consultative forum on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, in Lagos.
Farouq noted that 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.
The commissioner further stressed that “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.”
Farouq however 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.