50/50: Die In Mediterranean Sea Or Migrate With Dignity?
It is the International Migrants Day and attention has been drawn again to what people go through in search of greener pasture.
Nigeria has had a fair share of the human trafficking issue, with some of those who embarked on the foot journey to Europe never making it there alive.
In November of 2017 some 26 migrants from Nigeria were buried in Italy after they drowned at sea.
Anti-human trafficking operations have been launched at sea, but people still push to get to Europe.
The United Nations says "migration is the great issue of our era and a force for dignity".
This year, the United Nations is talking about "Migration with Dignity" which it picked as the theme of this year's Migrants Day and in Nigeria the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the government are collaborating to check human trafficking.
On Tuesday, IOM inaugurated Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials aimed at tackling human trafficking.
It said the document would be used in creating awareness for safe migration in Nigeria.
The materials were unveiled by the IOM Programme Coordinator in charge of Migration Management, Mr Abraham Tamrat, to commemorate the 2018 International Migrants Day in Lagos.
Tamrat said that this year’s International Migrants Day was being celebrated in recognition of human right and the dignity of migrants.
The IOM official noted that the materials consisted of a series of posters with key messages about the dangers of irregular migration and opportunities for Nigerians at home.
“The materials are to help to prevent, combat and eradicate trafficking in persons in the context of international migration.
“It will also empower migrants and societies to realise full inclusion and social cohesion and eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration.
“The material will also strengthen international cooperation and global partnerships for safe, orderly and regular migration,” he said.
According to Tamrat, irregular migration happened for various reasons but was mainly due to lack of awareness, lack of economic opportunities and options to regulate irregular migration channels.
He noted that the IEC materials would inform potential migrants about the dangers of irregular migration and the dangers of irregular channels so that potential migrants could save themselves.
In 2017, Bounce News dared the odds and set to speak to persons who were preparing to leave Nigeria for Europe by road and most of them highlighted social economic hardship as their bane.
While more persons are dreaming of laying on this pasture, those who got stuck in Libya had a sad story to tell.
According to the United Nations, in 2018, close to 3,400 migrants and refugees have lost their lives worldwide.
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