Center for Migration to train illegal migrants before repatriation

Adoba Echono,Abuja

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The International Center for Migration Policy Development is creating a structural framework to foster sustainable and dignified return and reintegration of illegal migrants from Europe.

The Spokesperson of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tiwatope Elias-Fatile stated this while briefing journalists in Abuja on some of the major activities of the ministry this year.

He said the Director General of the Centre, Mr. Michael Spindelegger disclosed this on a visit to Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja on how International Center for Migration can strengthen relations in relevant areas with Nigeria.

Dr. Elias-Fatile said Mr. Spindelegger used the diplomatic parley to propose a system whereby illegal migrants would be trained in various fields before they are repatriated to Nigeria.

“The purpose of his visit is to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies, according to Dr. Elias-Fatile.”

 “The crux of it is that they are proposing that instead of having migrants turn out to be burden to both state of destination and departure, they want to see how they can train migrant’s  before sending them to Nigeria, so that they can add value to the society.”

In another development, Dr. Elias-Fatile disclosed that the French President, Emmanuel Macron, will be visiting Nigeria in July this year and will address the two chambers of the National Assembly on Democracy and Good Governance.

Dr. Elias-Fatile said the relations between Nigeria and most countries have improved tremendously and that the country is enjoying a lot of goodwill of many countries within and outside Africa.

On other activities of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Dr. Elias-Fatile disclosed that the Ministry is organising an annual Foreign Service Public Lecture.

He said the topic of the maiden lecture which will take place on Tuesday 20th February this year is, Reflections on Nigeria’s Foreign Policy: Diplomacy and the Foreign Service.

On the President Mohammadu Buhari’s appointment as the champion of anti corruption in Africa for 2018, Dr. Elias-Fatile said a National Steering Committee on the Fight Against Corruption in Africa will be inaugurated by the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, as the beginning of process of the fight against corruption on the continent.

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