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Over 400 Stranded Nigerians Evacuated In Three Months

In the first quarter of 2023, the fderal government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have evacuated no fewer than 429 stranded Nigerians.

This was a review from January to March 2023.

On April 4, the government and the IOM also repatriated 144 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic.

The findings were gathered from media reports, IOM and the National Emergency Management Agency.

According to the findings, 279 stranded Nigerians were from Libya, and 150 from the Niger Republic.

On February 14, it was reported that NEMA said it received a batch of 150 distressed Nigerians from Niamey, Niger Republic.

The profile of the returnees revealed that 98 were male adults, male children 11, and two male infants, whereas 24 were female adults, 13 were female children with two female infants.

As the government resumed its voluntary evacuation in Benghazi, Libya, the Federal Government, in collaboration with the IOM evacuated 151 stranded Nigerians on March 28.

On March 28, the Federal Government, in collaboration with the IOM evacuated 151 stranded Nigerians from Benghazi, Libya, as the government resumed its voluntary evacuation in Libya.

Within 24 hours, they evacuated 128 more Nigerian migrants living illegally in Libya to Nigeria under the voluntary evacuation exercise. on march 29.

The United Nations stated that irregular migration poses multiple challenges to countries of origin, transit, and destination, as well as to migrants themselves.

Migrants in irregular situations are particularly prone to discrimination, exploitation, and abuse.

In a conversation with a retired ambassador to Mexico, Ogbole Amedu-Ode, he blamed high irregular migration on unemployment and an inconducive political environment.

Amedu-Ode added, “The unemployment rate for Nigeria stands at 33 per cent (2022 figure). Added to that, is an inconducive political atmosphere.

“This mix is responsible for Nigerians voting with their feet. Those who can afford it do so through legal or legitimate migration channels and those who cannot take the perilous trans-Sahara and trans-Mediterranean route.”

Also, a retired ambassador to Algeria, Mohammed Mabdul, explained that Nigerians were restless and keen to travel abroad for the so-called “greener pasture”.

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