Nigerians back home after migration to Europe flops

Nigerians evacuated from Libya

Nigerians evacuated from Libya

from AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, Libya
TRIPOLI, (CAJ News) SOME 37 children are among 343 Nigerians that have been evacuated from war-torn Libya following unsuccessful trips to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.

There were 70 women in the contingent that has arrived in Lagos aboard a chartered plane from the Libyan city of Sabha.

They made the most of the second International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) charter this year.

The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa funds the VHR operation in the framework of the European Union (EU) – IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, implemented by IOM in 26 African countries.

“We are happy to have succeeded in providing a safe option to all those who wanted to be reunited with their loved ones, and grateful for the support we received from the authorities and community leaders here,” said Mohamed Hmouzi, IOM’s VHR Operations Assistant in Sabha.

Upon arrival in Nigeria, IOM provided the returnees with post-arrival assistance including onward transportation allowance.

Returnees with protection concerns were assisted by IOM’s protection and mental health and psychological support teams.

All migrants are also eligible for reintegration support which will assist them to re-establish their livelihoods in Nigeria.

IOM Libya has assisted more than 17 500 stranded migrants to return to 32 countries across Africa and Asia since January 2018.

Despite a civil war and drowning in the Mediterranean, Libya remains a gateway to Europe for stranded African migrants.

– CAJ News

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