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FG Warns Nigerians Migrating to Canada to Seek Asylum
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FG Warns Nigerians Migrating to Canada to Seek Asylum 

Abike Dabiri-Erewa advised Nigerians to migrate legally in order to avoid unfavorable outcomes in a statement signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the spokesperson of the agency, on Thursday, November 23, 2023.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman and CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has cautioned Nigerians against traveling abroad in search of better opportunities without the necessary paperwork.

The head of NiDCOM advised Nigerians to migrate legally in order to avoid unfavorable outcomes.

On Thursday, Dabiri-Erewa visited some Nigerian asylum seekers in Brampton, Ontario, and expressed sympathy for their precarious situation. She also counseled other Nigerians considering migration to avoid leaving their country without the necessary paperwork.

She said in the statement that things are becoming more difficult in many nations and urged anyone considering leaving Nigeria to apply for asylum in Canada to reconsider.

“It is just not worth it, more often than not,” she added.

Narrating the ordeal of Nigerian asylum seekers in Canada, NiDCOM, in its statement, said, “Pastor Vivian Eruka, who runs the Bethel food bank and works with those in shelters, informed me that the Mayor of Brampton promised to make 800 more beds available and shelter.

“Mr. Wale Rabiu, owner of Matlock bakery, donated hundreds of loaves of Agege bread to the shelter inmates, while Mr. Bayo Adedosu, a Nigerian living in Canada, and an immigration consultant also gave some words of counselling, adding that they should not talk ill about their home country, Nigeria, to avoid future repercussions.”

The agency maintained that migration is a human rights issue but must be done legitimately and not irregularly.

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