Senate Advocates Strong Measures To Combat Illegal Migration
The Nigerian Senate has urged governments and communities across the country to adopt strong measures to stem the tide of young person’s still undertaking dangerous and illegal journeys out of the country.
It also called for adequate protection for Nigerians in distress in foreign countries and for them to be assisted to return home with their safety, security and rights guaranteed by the Nigerian government and host governments until their status are clarified or returned home.
These are part of the recommendations of a two-day Senate Roundtable on Irregular Migration and Human Trafficking, held in Benin City, Edo State.
“There is the need to intensify collaboration and cooperation between the Nigerian government and other governments to strengthen legal frameworks, innovative steps in dealing with repatriation and re-integration matters and investment in the Nigerian economy to improve its capacity to engage its young people who may be tempted to migrate to other countries,” it stated.
The Red Chamber also reiterated the need for intense awareness campaigns to be mounted to “warn gullible young people against embarking on dangerous journeys and to destroy the perceptions that foreign lands are the only route to wealth and happiness.”