Nigerian Returnees Speak of Burden Brought by Failed Migration

Young Nigerians, whose dreams of a successful life abroad did not materialise, are coming home traumatised by their experience, only to be met with shame and stigma on arrival. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) data has revealed that the overwhelming majority of irregular migrants leave Nigeria for economic reasons, frustrated by persistent unemployment and unlivable wages - Nigeria's not so silent scourge. The hope of finding a better life abroad pushes vulnerable youth into the hands of human traffickers and smugglers, who place profit before human life. The intense hardship that migrants are often subjected to as a result of their vulnerability, forces thousands to abandon the journey prematurely, writes Amaury Falt-Brown for the Premium Times.

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One of the 164 returnees from Libya (file photo).

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