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Group cautions Nigerians against illegal migration abroad

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Group cautions Nigerians against illegal migration abroad
A non-governmental organisation, Re-educating Africans on the Risk and Dangers in Unplanned Journeys Abroad (RARDUJA) has cautioned Nigerians, especially the youths on the risks of illegal migration abroad.

The group disclosed that this year alone, no fewer than 900 immigrants lost their lives in an attempt to enter Europe through illegal means according to an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) report, while over 11,000 others were arrested, detained, abused, exploited and subjected to trafficking.

Speaking during a media briefing at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat in Owerri, Imo State with critical stakeholders, RARDUJA Coordinator, Eddy Duru, highlighted the dangers of illegal migration and unplanned journeys abroad.

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He said over 74 migrants died on November 12, 2020 while crossing the sea to Europe, adding: “Most of the immigrants were youths, aged between 18 and 40. We understand that there is hardship in the land, but it is not enough reason for one to risk their lives.”

Duru, who is also a councilor representing foreigners in Kassel State of Germany, urged journalists and other stakeholders in the state to partner the group through constant sensitisation.

He enjoined stakeholders to support efforts aimed at enlightening the people not to be desperate, but diligent about everything they do in life, especially with regard to seeking greener pastures overseas.

“Our quest is to continue to re-educate our people and all Nigerians on the risks associated with unplanned travelling to Europe through the sea, the desert and even through the air. Many who are there right now are frustrated.

“RARDUJA is not against anybody travelling abroad, but one should follow due process to avoid losing his life in the course of migrating. We are also telling our youths not to travel anywhere in the world without having the right information about their destinations, because they have been the major victims,” he stated.

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