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FG, IOM facilitate return of over 18,000 irregular migrants

By Gloria Ehiaghe
24 December 2019   |   1:01 am
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Federal Government under the European Union (EU) EU-IOM joint initiative has assisted about 18,079 irregular migrants return to Nigeria from Libya between April 2017 and October 2019.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Federal Government under the European Union (EU) EU-IOM joint initiative has assisted about 18,079 irregular migrants return to Nigeria from Libya between April 2017 and October 2019.
 
The migrants, who also returned from other transit and destinations in Europe, are mostly from Edo State, accounting for 42 per cent of total returnees.
 
Disclosing this in Benin, Edo State, at the media launch of the WAKA-Well campaign programme, the Awareness Raising Officer of IOM, (Nigeria), Cyprine Cheptepkeny, said the campaign was to show the ills associated with irregular migration, especially in Oredo and the Ikpoba-Okha local government areas of the state.She noted that because of its prevalence in the aforementioned areas, the launch of the campaign was to bridge the knowledge gaps on regular migration options and the available opportunities.

 

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