European Union, EU, have been
urged to always screen illegal
migrants in their countries
before repatriating them to
ensure that rescued victims of
human trafficking do not suffer
untold hardship in Europe.
The acting Director-General
of the National Agency for
the Prohibition of Trafficking
in Persons, NAPTIP, Alhaji
Abdulrazak Dangiri, said
this while playing host to a
delegation from the European
Union member states who were
at the Office to share ideas on
issues of migration between
Nigeria and Europe.
“Victims of human trafficking
are not criminals. Therefore,
there is the need to provide
what is called customiSed
rehabilitation package for them
so that they are not vulnerable
to being re-trafficked after
they returned to their home
countries’’ he stated.
The NAPTIP boss, who
lamented the alarming rate of
illegal Nigerian migrants in
Europe which the delegation put
at 30, 000 in 2015 as against 25,
000 in 2014, told the delegation
that the Agency would require
a comprehensive analysis of the
figures to differentiate victims
of trafficking from others.
Dangiri expressed the
readiness of the agency to
collaborate with the EU
countries where Nigerian
victims are to ensure their
wellbeing and the prosecution
of traffickers.
Earlier, head of the delegation,
Winiarska Helena, said that the
team was in Nigeria as part of the
Common Agenda on Migration
and Mobility Cooperation
reached between Nigeria and
member States of the European
Union in March, 2015.
Helena revealed that
the European Union was
particularly concerned with the
influx of illegal migrants which
now constitute both social and
security threat to the region.
Helen spoke on the urgent
need to address the root causes
of illegal migration to forestall
its attendant consequences and
The delegation assured the
Agency of support especially
in the areas of rehabilitation of
victims of human trafficking
and information sharing.

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