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Lead review of anti-human trafficking strategies in Nigeria- JIFORM tells NAPTIP

Ajibola JIFORM President

JIFORM President Ajibola

The Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has called on the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) to lead a review of anti-human trafficking strategies in Nigeria

JIFORM, headquartered in Lagos with over 200 journalists focusing on migration across the continents  unequivocally asked that human traffickers and their agents soiling the image of the nation must be prosecuted.

After its initial outcry, JIFORM said while it appreciated the speedy rescue of the 30 stranded Nigerian ladies trafficked to Lebanon enlisted to join another 120 through the efforts of the Nigerian foreign mission fast tracked by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), the embassy of Nigeria in Lebanon and the tacit support of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), however posited that”it is not yet Uhuru on war against human trafficking in Nigeria.”

Ajibola Abayomi, the President of JIFORM in a statement issued on Wednesday said although the NAPTIP has put up superlative performance by securing close to 400 convictions and thousands of arrests in the last 14 years of its establishment,  noted that given the overwhelming reports concerning the numbers of trafficked Nigerians abroad, a change of strategy, review of structure and improved inter-agencies collaboration to achieving better results are now expedient.

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“Recently the NAPTIP confirmed one of our findings that there are over 5,000 Nigerian ladies trafficked to Lebanon alone, in Saudi Arabia they are over 2000, Dubai and Oman, we have over 4, 000 while at our backyard in Africa with series of undocumented migrants there are over 20,000 each in Mali and Libya Nigerian ladies that had been respectively trafficked, just to mention a few.

“While we are not heaping all the blames on NAPTIP, it is obvious that its internal mechanisms geared towards preventive measures and accelerated rescue operations must be strengthened. As the rescued ladies would be handed over to NAPTIP after arrival in Nigeria, our worries are what become of them in terms of sincere medical assistance and reintegration on the part of the authorities in Nigeria.

The JIFORM President noted that: “Foreign missions in Nigeria like the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union (EU) are rendering support they can. In July, the IOM facilitated the return of 109 Nigerian migrants from Mali with the support of the DFID and the EU through its Regional Direct Assistance Fund. But for how long will they shoulder our responsibility as a nation?

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“We are equally bothered that a recent assessment by IOM revealed that 96 per cent of 105 Nigerian returnees consulted in Edo and Delta states were worse-off financially while the United Nation’s agency had also between April and July 2020, ensured that 839 returnees across various projects have received reintegration counseling including socio-economic assistance from in Nigeria.

“It is on record that since 2017, 629 Nigerians, mostly women between the ages of 18 and 25, have returned voluntarily from Mali with support from DFID and the EU through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant protection and reintegration, therefore, the Nigerian government must copy this good examples while the need to enlarge empowerment for her citizens to stem irregular migration is now a reality.”

Ajibola said the war against human trafficking denting the nation’s image must be fought from all fonts with required zeal.

To this end, JIFORM recommends that the Federal Government through the executive arm of government approve recruitment of more hands to strengthen NAPTIP, amend relevant laws to allow the agency has its own official uniform and arm unit with the required funding.

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NAPTIP needs to be represented at every 774 local governments in Nigeria, they must as a matter of urgent importance be included in the states security structure, form a synergy with the NIS at the airport, land and sea borders to perform specific oversight functions because the immigration officers cannot stop any valid visa holder from travelling outside the country.

 

 

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IOM’ s director orders investigation into sexual abuse of women by aid workers

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM)  is gravely concerned by reports published in the media yesterday of sexual exploitation and abuse of women by aid workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the Ebola crisis. 

In light of these reports, IOM’s Director General is ordering an immediate investigation by the Organization including an assessment of the serious allegation against an IOM worker.

Such abuses by UN personnel and other humanitarian workers are an outrageous breach of trust with those we are mandated to support, often in very trying humanitarian circumstances.

IOM is determined to investigate and eradicate these shocking abuses wherever and whenever they occur including in this particular instance.

As an Organization we work constantly to improve our systems to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse, with strengthened reporting tools, staff trainings, and awareness raising across the Organization.

Because victims of abuse are sometimes reluctant to come forward, we are committed to improving our reporting mechanisms to ensure confidence in the system and that victims are fully aware that they can report such allegations without fear of retribution. IOM is fully committed to supporting the immediate and longer-term needs of victims, including their access to legal, health and psychosocial support.

The safety and protection of those whom we serve and our staff and partners is a critical priority for the organization.

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Migrants of the Mediterranean (MotM), the Italian NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans, US-based sister organization, Saving Humans USA collaborate to save humanity in central Mediterranean migration theater

 

The U.S. border viewed from Tijuana, where it meets the Pacific Ocean

Migrants of the Mediterranean (MotM), the Italian NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans and its US-based sister organization, Saving Humans USA, announce their collaboration in support of humanity in the Central Mediterranean migration theater with the “People,  Not Numbers” campaign.

With the increased activity in the Mediterranean in summer and fall 2020, it is more urgent than ever to strengthen the cause of humanity, rather than emphasize the tick of arrival numbers in Italy’s ports across the news feeds.

“People, Not Numbers” is a push to humanize the individual people who make the dangerous sea crossing after escaping war-torn and politically unstable Libya, where gross human rights abuses against people in the migrant community have been documented for years.

Mediterranea Saving Humans monitors the Central Mediterranean and, when needed, comes in rescue of  the people whose stories are like those readers can find in the Migrants of the Mediterranean Journey Story Archive. Together, they are committed to the cause of saving vulnerable lives at sea and capturing the essential, yet fragile stories of each and every person who comes ashore.

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Every human being matters, and they have faces and stories that have come to define an era, which has been made more essential yet in the face of the global Covid-19 health crisis when borders have been closed.

Follow the organizations and their call to save humanity with “People, Not Numbers” at:
@migrantsofthemed and @mediterranearescue/@savinghumansusa on Instagram
@migrantsofthemed and @Mediterranearescue/@SavingHumansUSA on Facebook
@migrantsotmed and @RescueMed/@SavingHumansUSA on Twitter

And visit www.migrantsofthemed.com to read every Journey Story and mediterranearescue.org to learn more about Mediterranea Saving Humans.

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Migration and the European Green Deal

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Katy Barwise – Programme Manager, Migration and Development, RO Brussels, Lizzy Linklater – Migration, Environment and Climate Change Intern, RO Brussels, and Soumyadeep Banerjee – Regional Migration, Environment and Climate Change Specialist, RO Vienna

The European Green Deal is the flagship policy framework[1] of the new European Commission. It will impact all aspects of the European economy, including energy, transport, construction, food and agriculture. The EU aims to decouple economic growth from resource use to transition to a green and circular economy that ensures net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a 50 per cent reduction of emissions by 2030.[2]
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Green Deal has proposed a Just Transition Mechanism to ensure that the people living in communities, and working in businesses in Member States that are financially dependent on carbon-intensive and resource/extractive sectors, are not “left behind” in the transition to a climate-neutral continent. A new funding scheme – the “Just Transition Fund” is proposed to provide €17.5 billion[3] to support the most vulnerable regions and sectors affected by the transition.
On 21st July 2020, European leaders reached a political agreement on the next overall EU long-term budget for 2021-2027 (the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of €1.7 trillion. This includes the COVID-19 recovery instrument (Next Generation EU (NGEU) of €750 billion available only to EU Member States. Climate action is a priority in both the MFF and NGEU. The MFF has a strong focus on the green transition and green priorities in both internal and external EU action, including that all future EU expenditure must be in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.[4] To reflect this, an overall target of 30 per cent of the total amount of the EU budget and NGEU expenditure should support climate objectives.[5]
Migration, in its different forms, does not feature significantly in the European Green Deal documents. In the Communication on European Green Deal only one direct reference is made to the nexus between climate change and migration/displacement,[6] and current proposals tend to refer mainly to EU citizens as the constituents, targets, or beneficiaries of the Deal.[7][8]
Many migrants in Europe, are at a greater risk of being socio-economically disadvantaged[9] and more likely to be exposed to environmental stressors, such as poor indoor air quality, heat and cold stress, noise and air pollution.[10] In addition, migration – as recognised in global policy frameworks – can be an accelerator of development, and an adaptation strategy for households and communities vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Recognising the key role that migrants play in the sectors which will be impacted by the transition – especially agriculture and fisheries, energy, and manufacturing and construction – could greatly support the advancement of the Deal.
Including migration in the European Green Deal would help to ensure that an important part of the population in Europe could be involved in the transition process and would honour the pledge to leave no one behind. Moving forward, it will be important to ensure that these issues are reflected in the operationalisation of the Deal, and that migrants are engaged in participatory

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