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Report details how FG repatriated 3,000 stranded Nigerians repatriated in five months



Report details how FG repatriated 3,000 stranded Nigerians repatriated in five months

Between January and May 2023, the Federal Government (FG) and the International Organisation for Migration removed 3,363 stranded Nigerians.


Figures acquired from the IOM and the National Emergency Management support this.

Checks by ENIGERIA on Monday showed that 2,518 stranded Nigerians were evacuated from Sudan; 538 from Libya; 294 from the Niger Republic and 13 from Saudi Arabia in the last five months.

It was reported on May 17, that NEMA facilitated the return of 13 Nigerian students who fled from the Sudan war to Saudi Arabia.

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On May 14 via the Twitter handle of NEMA, the agency announced that it evacuated 2,518 stranded Nigerians from war-torn Sudan.

On April 18 via the Twitter handle of IOM, the organisation evacuated 107 Nigerians stranded in Libya.


On April 11, FG in collaboration with the IOM, evacuated 152 Nigerians, who were stranded in Libya, to Nigeria.

On April 4, the FG and the IOM evacuated 144 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic.

On March 28, as the government of Libya resumed its voluntary evacuation in Libya, the FG, working with the IOM, evacuated 151 stranded Nigerians from Benghazi, Libya.

On March 29, within 24 hours, 128 more illegally residing Nigerian migrants in Libya were evacuated to Nigeria as part of the programme.

NEMA’s Twitter account was used on February 14 to announce the evacuation of 150 distressed Nigerians from Niamey, Niger Republic. According to the returnees’ profiles, there were 98 adult males, 11 male children, and 2 male newborns. While there were 24 female adults, there were also two female newborns and 13 female children.


According to the United Nations, irregular migration poses multiple challenges to countries of origin, transit, and destination and migrants themselves.

Migrants in irregular situations are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and abuse.




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