Over 96,000 Africans ar­rive in Italy by sea yearly, says re­port

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Margaret Mwan­tok

ONE fam­ily mem­ber in 10 house­holds in Edo State has un­der­taken the ex­tremely risky jour­ney by road or sea in search of greener pas­tures.

The In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM) dis­closed this in a re­cent re­port.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, no fewer than 153,000 peo­ple ar­rived by sea to Italy, with 96, 000 be­ing from Su­dan, So­ma­lia, Eritrea, The Gam­bia, Mali and Nige­ria, while Nige­ria ac­counted for over 22,000.

In a re­cent video re­leased by

App, it pro­vided de­tails of how young peo­ple in the coun­try are il­le­gally traf­ficked across the Sa­hara and Mediter­ranean Sea in their quest for a bet­ter life in Europe.

Last year, the As­sis­tant Comptroller Gen­eral in charge of train­ing, man- power and devel­op­ment at the Nige­ria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice (NIS), Ma­roof Giwa, said about 4,900 Nige­ri­ans died in the Mediter­ranean Sea and the rest died while go­ing through the desert in their bid to cross to Europe.

The video un­cov­ered the key ac­tors who fa­cil­i­tate the il­le­gal mi­gra­tion, as well as the chal­lenges in­volved in un­der­tak­ing such a deadly jour­ney.

It also high­lighted the so­cio-eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal fac­tors that make it im­per­a­tive for young peo­ple in Nige­ria to in­sist on em­bark­ing on the fa­tal voy­age de­spite know­ing the risks in­volved.

Two in­tend­ing mi­grants who were in­ter­viewed by the Bounce News crew on the con­di­tion of anonymity made stag­ger­ing rev­e­la­tions about why young peo­ple would dare to risk their lives for a fu­ture that was un­cer­tain.

James (not his real name) dis­closed that he was mo­ti­vated to travel to Europe by road due to the eco­nomic hard­ship in the coun­try.

“This life good or bad is 5050. De­spite the risk, I still pre­fer liv­ing abroad than Nige­ria where no­body cares, no­body knows how you live. I am an or­phan, no fa­ther, only a mother.

“I don’t even need one mil­lion naira from you. Just give me the money that will take me from here to Libya and to cross the sea to Italy. That will be okay for me not one

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