Over 600,000 Nigerians Migrated to Europe in 2016, Former U.N. Envoy Says

A former Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations said this week that 602,000 Nigerians migrated to European countries in 2016 – the latest sign that migrants from a broad range of countries are using the European migration crisis as a way to slip into the continent.

Martin Uhomoibhi, who was briefly head of the U.N. Human Rights Council between 2008-09, made the remarks during a visit of the European Union’s Ambassador to Nigeria Michel Arrion, according to Nigeria’s according to Nigeria’s The Guardian. Arrion was visiting Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.

During the remarks, Uhomoibhi said 27,000 of those migrants died on the way into Europe – many of whom he said were graduates. He also remarked that Nigeria is not a country being torn apart by war in the same way as some countries in the Middle East.

“You can imagine that trend! We are not at war like Syria or Iraq. Why are we migrating as if there is war?” he asked.

Nigeria is currently conducting a campaign against Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, which has conducted attacks in the country…

Also published on Fenixx.org

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