544 Nige­ri­ans ‘vol­un­tar­ily’ re­turn from Switzer­land in 2013

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

The Switzer­land Federal Of­fice of Mi­gra­tion (FOM) said 544 Nige­ri­ans pre­vi­ously liv­ing in Switzer­land re­turned home in 2013 un­der the Nige­rian-Swiss mi­gra­tion part­ner­ship agree­ment.

The re­turnees re­ceived 7, 000 Swiss Franc to start up a new life in Nigeria, a state­ment is­sued by the FOM at the end the 5th meet­ing of the Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee for the Swiss-Nige­rian mi­gra­tion part­ner­ship on Tues­day in Abuja said.

Nigeria is re­port­edly the third main coun­try of ori­gin for asy­lum seek­ers in Switzer­land in 2013 with 1,764 asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions.

“The num­ber of asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions from Nige­rian na­tion­als fell by 35.8 per cent in 2013 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year,’’ the state­ment read.

The FOM noted that in 2012 it su­per­vised the de­par­ture of 441 Nige­ri­ans who vol­un­tar­ily left the coun­try.

The Un­der-Sec­re­tary in charge of Econ­omy and Con­sular, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Amb. Ab­dulaziz Dankano, led the Nige­rian del­e­ga­tion at the meet­ing.

He ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the progress made so far since the last meet­ing of the Nige­rian-Swiss mi­gra­tion part­ner­ship in June 2013 in Berne.

He said that the achieve­ments had led to in­crease in the num­ber of vol­un­tary re­turn of Nige­ri­ans in Switzer­land in ``a dig­ni­fied man­ner.’’

He said the re­turnees would have some­thing to fall back on upon their re­turn to Nigeria.

Swiss del­e­ga­tion in Abuja was jointly led by FOM Di­rec­tor, Mario Gat­tiker and the head of the Hu­man Se­cu­rity Di­vi­sion, Amb. Claude Wild.


Newly qual­i­fied med­i­cal doc­tors tak­ing their oaths of the pro­fes­sion, dur­ing an in­duc­tion cer­e­mony in Jos yes­ter­day.

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