Abuja - Nigeria refugees are poised to benefit from the £15 million the United Kingdom is providing to cater for millions displaced by the Boko Haram crisis in the Sahel region.
In total, the European country is providing a further £200 million in bilateral aid to Africa to tackle the root causes of migration.
Prime Minister David Cameron has made the announcement as European and African leaders gathered in Malta to develop a coordinated approach to address the migrant and refugee crisis.
The UN estimates there are almost 15 million forcibly displaced people in Africa, including three million refugees. So far this year around 140 000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea – the majority from African countries such as Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan.
In Nigeria, the Boko Haram crisis has displaced more than 2 million people.
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The new funding, announced at the EU-Africa Valletta Summit, is part of the UK’s comprehensive approach to address the migration crisis.
UK International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, said, “If people don’t have access to basics like clean water and healthcare, education for their children and the dignity of a job to support themselves and their family, they will try to find a better situation somewhere else.”
The latest support builds on the UK’s work in Africa to bring stability, jobs and livelihoods to irregular migrants’ countries of origin, helping tackle the root causes of the pressures to migrate.
“Our support is helping register refugees in Ethiopia and providing food vouchers for refugee camps in Sudan along the border with Eritrea. We are also investing in employment programmes for young people in Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Somalia which has created thousands of jobs,” said Greening.
- CAJ News