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Nigerian refugee agency partners German govt to strengthen regular migration


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National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, has reiterated its commitment towards ensuring safe, orderly and regular migration in the country.

The Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Basheer Mohammed, said this when a German delegation on migration issues to Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Wednesday.

The delegation was led by Annette Widmann-Mauz, Minister of State in the Federal Chancellery and Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration in Germany
Mohammed said: “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, GCM is the goal of the Nigerian government.

“The large movement of refugees and migrants precipitated by the Syria crisis and similar migration waves in other regions of the world reached its alarming level in 2015 and increased the worries associated with global migration management.

“Seeking a sustainable response with sustainable impact to the reality, the international community negotiated and adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, GCM.”

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He noted that on adoption of the compact, Nigeria affirmed and pledged its commitment to its implementation at the national and sub-national levels.

According to him, Nigeria is a significant country in global migration discourse and has been actively involved in different and varied levels of the migration governance processes.

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He said that the commission had set up an internal national mechanism to actively harnesses and curates local opportunities within various sectors that strengthens economic stability and interventions for our millions of youths

This, he said, would help in renewing their hope in Nigeria.

Mr Mohammed, however, said that the commission was developing messages to address and directs citizens to the various opportunities they can take advantage of in Nigeria.

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“With the visit of your delegation, we will continue to advocate for joint bilateral agreements with the government of Germany for the promotion of more regular migration.

“We understand that aspiring migrants will need to be equipped with the necessary skills, learn and understand the processes of regular migration.

“And all these will hopefully reduce the risks being taken by Nigerian men, women and children currently crossing the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea,” he said.

Mohammed said that the commission had the mandate to safeguard the interest and treatment of refugees, cover resettlement of IDPs as well as the coordination of migration.

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He also said that the commission provided durable solutions to persons of concern including refugees, deportees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, IDPs and migrants.

According to him, by virtue of its mandate, NCFRMI provides care, maintenance services and special interventions towards achieving durable solutions to stabilize persons of concern and restore their livelihood.

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He reiterated that Nigeria would continue to monitor and regularly assess the implementation of its migration policies.

“As a country, we understand that policies alone will not respond to why people move or don’t move without involving all other aspects of development and social life,” he said.

Earlier, Ms Widmann-Mauz who spoke through an interpreter, Brigitt Ory, Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, said that the Chancellery would educate intend immigrant to Germany on the legal regular paths of migration.

She also said that the Chancellery would support Nigerian youths by offering them language courses and training to enhance their qualifications.

“So, we hope to cooperate and work together in order to find new ways of strengthening regular migration,” she said.


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