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138 Stranded Nigerians Evacuated from Libya

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The Nigerian government has stepped up efforts to bring home citizens stranded in Libya due to irregular migration. On Tuesday, another 138 Nigerians arrived safely in Lagos, bringing the total number repatriated in 2024 close to 1,000.

The evacuees, including 77 men, 56 women, 11 children, and four infants, departed Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli aboard chartered flight UZ 189. They landed later that day at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

A Collaborative Effort for Safe Return

The Nigerian Mission in Libya, led by Ambassador Kabiru Musa, coordinated the evacuation in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Repatriation (VHR) program plays a crucial role in assisting stranded migrants who choose to return home.

Ambassador Musa acknowledged the support of Libyan authorities in facilitating the release and repatriation of Nigerians detained for immigration-related offenses. This collaborative effort highlights the international commitment to addressing the challenges of irregular migration.

The returnees will be met by Nigerian government agencies upon arrival. These agencies will provide essential support to help them reintegrate back into society. This may include skills training, job placement assistance, and psychosocial support services to address the emotional toll of their ordeal.

Curbing the Allure of Irregular Migration

Ambassador Musa emphasized the dangers of irregular migration, urging young Nigerians to explore safer and more legal pathways to achieve their dreams. He highlighted the harsh realities faced by many migrants, with some tragically losing their lives during perilous journeys.

The Nigerian government is actively addressing the root causes of irregular migration, such as poverty and lack of employment opportunities. Additionally, they are raising awareness about the risks associated with attempting to reach Europe through dangerous routes controlled by human traffickers.

The safe return and reintegration of these Nigerians offer a beacon of hope. The Nigerian government’s commitment to assisting stranded citizens and deterring irregular migration demonstrates their investment in a brighter future for their people. By addressing the root causes of migration and providing opportunities at home, the government can empower Nigerians to build fulfilling lives within their own country.

Challenges and Opportunities

Despite these positive steps, challenges remain. The ongoing political instability in Libya continues to pose risks for migrants. Additionally, creating sufficient job opportunities in Nigeria is crucial for successful reintegration.

However, the collaborative efforts of the Nigerian government, international organizations like the IOM, and Libyan authorities offer a path forward. By working together, they can address the complex issue of irregular migration and ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable populations.

Source: Vanguard  

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