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Stuck Nigerian refugees return from Sudan

19 February 2016, 18:59Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The International Office of Migration (IOM) has facilitated the return of more than 40 Nigerian migrants stranded in Sudan.

The group of 42 includes 31 women and 19 children, who have been flown to the Kano International Airport from Khartoum after voluntary returning home.

The operation was part of a Norwegian government-funded IOM project:

“Enhancing Protection and Improving Knowledge on the Risks of Irregular Migration in Sudan”, which was launched in December 2014 and has established a Migrant Resource and Response Centre (MRRC) in Khartoum.

Most of the Nigerian migrants, who had been in Khartoum for one-three years, were said to be close to destitute and surviving on the streets through begging and casual work.

Also Read: Sudan rebels, troops clash in restive South Kordofan

Officials said among the returnees is a grandmother who went to Sudan in 2013 hoping to reach Saudi Arabia to perform the Muslim Hajj.

She reportedly left her daughter and six grandchildren behind in Nigeria.

After struggling for over three years, she failed to save enough money to complete the journey.

Others were said to have fled the Boko Haram terror.

Their return, facilitated by IOM’s Sudan MRRC, is part of IOM’s global Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme, which provides durable solutions for stranded migrants, migrants in an irregular situation, victims of trafficking, and unsuccessful asylum seekers worldwide.

- CAJ News


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