Lagos - The International Office of Migration
(IOM) has hailed the Government’s adoption of the National Policy on Migration.
The continent’s most-populous country has adopted the policy
with support from IOM and the European Union (EU).
Within the framework of the National 10th European
project: “Promoting Better Management of Migration in
Nigeria,” IOM has supported Nigeria’s Technical Working Group (TWG) on
Migration and Development throughout the development of the policy and been a
strong advocate for its adoption.
The TWG is made up of ministries, departments and agencies,
non-state actors, social partners, academia and development partners working on
issues related to migration. It is chaired by the National Commission for
Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI).
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The policy and its implementation plan provide an
appropriate legal framework for monitoring and regulating internal and
international migration, and proper collection and dissemination of migration
The policy also addresses issues related to diaspora
mobilization, border management, decent treatment of migrants, internally
displaced persons, asylum seekers and the role of civil society in migration
management, in order to ensure a more efficient management of migration in
“As a technical partner for the elaboration and adoption of
the migration policy, IOM congratulates the Government of Nigeria on this
important achievement," said IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission, Enira Krdzalic.
"We also take this opportunity to also thank the
European Union for it generous support to the process. IOM encourages the
government to establish sound mechanisms to ensure that there is smooth
implementation of the policy. We remain committed to providing technical
assistance towards its implementation.”
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the
strong links between migration and national development, as migration can be
beneficial to both sending and receiving countries, according to experts.
It is believed for Nigeria, a major country of origin, transit
and destination in terms of global migration, the potential development
benefits could be immense.
- CAJ News