Nigeria’s migration policy will soon be overhauled, says Sulaiman-Ibrahim

The Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Hon. Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim revealed that the country’s migration policy is about to be reviewed.

Highlighting the importance of the review, she said that migrants are a remarkable engine of growth as they represent more than 250 million people in the world, who represent 3% of the world’s population and contribute 10% of the domestic product. world gross.

According to her, Nigeria remains a country of origin, a country of transit and a country of destination, therefore, the country is not against migration, but asserts that Nigeria urgently needs a migration policy that works for everyone and to that end, Ibrahim added that his agency’s team and that of Foreign Affairs would be in South Africa, to meet with other global players aimed at discussing how to strengthen migration policies. labor.

She added that the last review was carried out in 2015 and that with NCFRMI being the lead migration agency for the government, “we are the guardians of migration policy. It is about to be reviewed.

“The first Joint Dialogue on Migration with Civil Society Day was conducted in collaboration with CSONetMADE and IOM. This is in recognition of the role played by civil society organization as key stakeholders in migration management. The event was well attended and the discussions also focused on areas for strengthening the migration policy which has an implementation plan and a work plan. »

The Federal Commissioner recognized and appreciated the stakeholders who manage migration in Nigeria.

She said: “We also have a lot of partners, international partners like the Swiss government through the SDC, the IOM, in particular repatriation and readmission, reintegration, rehabilitation and then resettlement, and also the Union European Union (EU), and they support us in managing migration challenges and in the effective implementation of our migration policy.

“As a country, one of our main challenges is irregular migration, so we are not against migration as a country, we just want to have a migration policy that works for everyone.”

During the commemoration of International Migrants Day recently, the Commissioner said her commission had successfully supported the repatriation and reintegration of stranded Nigerian nationals from Libya and other countries over the years.

“We are stepping up our efforts to bring long-term solutions to those in need. Nigeria provides a welcoming environment for refugees as we are currently hosting around 73,000 refugees from different countries. We are committed to facilitating the safe repatriation of Nigerian refugees who voluntarily wish to repatriate and are currently seeking asylum in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

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