36,000 Nigerians flee to Europe by sea, says FG
The Federal Government through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on Thursday said 200, 346 Nigerians fled the country in 2016 and were granted refugee status in neighboring countries while about 36, 000 others arrived in Europe by sea.
The Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Sadiya Farouq, who stated this at a consultative forum on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, in Lagos on Thursday, said the 36,000 migrants, according to the Italian Ministry of Interior, accounted for 21 per cent of the total 171, 299 immigrants who arrived in Europe by sea.
“In March 2017, there were 1, 899, 830 internally displaced persons in Nigeria due to various insurgencies and environmental disasters. For these reasons, about 200, 346 Nigerians fled in 2016 alone and were granted refugee status in neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger,” she said.