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Danger of illegal migration on youths

Dear Friend,

Please find the synopsis of my organization one day conference on the 3rd of february, 2011 for Nigeria Youths.

As part of the Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative, over eighty Nigerian Youths within Lagos and it axis drawn from different constituencies, faith based organizations, community based organizations and institutions of higher learning were reached with knowledge of dangers of illegal migration at a one day conference hosted by Human support services.

The overview of the project reviews it as a partnership between Human Support Services (Lagos) and Rule of Law Institute Foundation (Lublin). The fundamental goals of the project are: to raise awareness and develop skills, knowledge and resources of lawyers, migration officers and members of migrant communities to respect civil rights of migrants and to assist migrants; to improve migrants’ knowledge on their rights and obligations; to enhance the exchange of knowledge and information on labour migration policies. At the first phase of the project implementation, the Immigration Lawyers forum (ILAF) was established to provide legal services to intending migrants.

Scope of the Problem
Migration is fast becoming a key development issue with more young people engaging in illegal migration to other country for greener Pasture. Some of the reasons for migrating are for better living condition, education, employment, reunification and other personal reasons.

The UN estimate that 214 million people live outside their country of origin, around 40 percent of the total global migrant population have moved to a neighbouring country within their region of origin. Every day many skilled and unskilled migrants join the rank of migrant workers. However, the reality is that many of these people are in those countries on illegal basis and therefore, are without legal status, and are natural targets of exploitation. Countries like the United States have over 2 million prisoners most of whom are illegal migrants, Nigerian inclusive.
Individual level census and household survey data used to present a rich profile of migrants around the world indicates that 12 to 24 year olds are found to comprise a large share of the flow of migrants, particularly in migration to other developing countries, with the age distribution of migration peaking in the late teens or early twenties. Developing country migrants show a common trend in youth migrant experience across a number of destination countries. (Recent World Bank research results)

The National Agency For the Prohibition of Traffic in persons and other Related matters (NAPTIP) empowered by the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) and Administration Act, 2003 as amended is the focal Agency in the fight against Human trafficking and child labour in Nigeria.

NAPTIP, a Federal Agency established in 2004 is mandated to investigate, arrest and prosecute suspects of human trafficking; counsel and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking; enlighten the public and liaise with partners to eradicate human trafficking in Nigeria. Providing solutions to migration issues subsequently addresses the issue of Human trafficking which is an offshoot of migration, especially illegal migration. To this end, NAPTIP is always ready to proffer solutions that reduce illegal migration to the barest minimum and collaborate with relevant organizations that would help to achieve this goal. Reduction in the rate of illegal migration also means reduction in the number of victims trafficked.

NAPTIP revealed that children trafficked into Nigeria are mainly from Benin, Togo, Niger, Cote d’ Ivoire- large number of Beninese have been rescued in quarries working in exploitative conditions in the western part of the country. Trafficked girls are used for domestic service, street trading and commercial sex exploitation. The boys are used for domestic service, forced to work on plantation/farmlands/quarries and engaged in petty crime.

Human Trafficking is a problem of illegal migration with traffickers moving victims in and out of countries with the use of fake documents and clandestine border crossing. Majority especially Nigerian girls travel out for prostitution.
Whether legal or illegal, migration creates an impact on nations or societies involved, whether destination or source. Some of these effects include: Brain drain, Depletion of human resources (work force), Economic depression, under population (source), over population (destination), Negative image before the international community, Limited social amenities in destination countries, Increase in crime rate and Increase in occurrence of human right violation cases.
Some of the threats that hamper a migrant’s survivals, especially illegal migrants are: Fear of deportation, Loss of income, Access to economic and social rights as well as benefits of education and health systems are denied by host countries, Abuse on the job, Xenophobia, Human rights violation, racism, Blamed first for increase in crime rate in the host country, Easy prey for organ harvesters, flesh traders, drug lords and Human Traffickers.
It is estimated that majority of children trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation are from Edo state however all the states are involved but 22 are more endemic. It is reported that women from Moldavia, Belarus, Ukraine and Philippines are trafficked to Nigeria to work in adult clubs. UNICEF states that 80% of young women engaged in prostitution in Italy are Nigerians. Trafficking sometimes has the tacit collaboration of victims’ families/relatives.

Outcome of the conference
Key outcome of the conference is the establishment of ‘Youth Migration Advocate’ forum to promote the issues of regular migration among young people. A total of 24 organizational representatives were inducted into the forum. They will be trained as counselors to create awareness on the dangers of irregular migration, address issues of human rights and share information procedure to acquire proper documentation to travel.

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warona's picture

Youth migration Advocate!

Hello there,

Vivian, i salute you, you sound more like an advocate already.Exposing this is all that we want to hear.Human trafficking, more especially youths, girl child who are trafficked for sex exploitation is all that sours my heart even the more. You can imagine their first encounter there. I really , take this at heart. i believe the secretively going on exploitation among the girls and women is not that they like or want it. God forbid!

I try to put myself in the same situation, already fear,pain, confusion , lack, deprivation of rights takes hold of my thinkning.I can imagine being Some of the threats that hamper a migrant’s survivals, especially illegal migrants are: Fear of deportation, Loss of income, Access to economic and social rights as well as benefits of education and health systems are denied by host countries, Abuse on the job, Xenophobia, Human rights violation, racism, Blamed first for increase in crime rate in the host country, Easy prey for organ harvesters. JUST IMAGINE THIS EVIL. I HATE IT WITH ADEEPER HATE.

Thank you so much Vivian for sharing these news with us.I hope there shall be some advocacy for such innocent people. I pray to God to deliver his people from this humiliating behaviour.

Greateful for your piece

Warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

vivian's picture

sorry sister, that i have not

sorry sister, that i have not had time to respond to you. This project is really taken my time, it will end by end of march. Thank you for your comment. I am grateful.

Hope are you doing. I hope to have time this weekend to write and submit my assignment.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

HARMONY's picture

This is great sister!

This is great sister!

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

vivian's picture

Thank you sister

Thank you sister

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Insha Allah's picture

YOUTH MIGRATION

Dear sister Vivian,

I am so proud of you for doing such a great job. It’s my honor to read about what your organization and yourself are contributing your commitments for the betterment of the (migrant) youths.

Thanks a lot for the post, too. I could learn an incredible knowledge on migration and youth in your Nigerian content.

You have a strong expertise on the issue. If you are interested in and not older than 25, I would like to encourage you to try this year World Bank essay competition. I have posted about this opportunity in the 2010 VOF group. At least you can share this to those who are potentials for the contest from your community.

I’m looking forward to read your Op-ed.

With Love,
Insha Allah

Shwe Wutt Hmon

vivian's picture

hi Insha Thank you for

hi Insha

Thank you for reading this piece. I actually saw the world Bank Essay but unfortunately, i am above 25 so i forwarded to my junior colleague to write and apply. I guess she may have done that.

Cheers

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Insha Allah's picture

YOUTH MIGRATION

Dear sister Vivian,

I am so proud of you for doing such a great job. It’s my honor to read about what your organization and yourself are contributing your commitments for the betterment of the (migrant) youths.

Thanks a lot for the post, too. I could learn an incredible knowledge on migration and youth in your Nigerian content.

You have a strong expertise on the issue. If you are interested in and not older than 25, I would like to encourage you to try this year World Bank essay competition. I have posted about this opportunity in the 2010 VOF group. At least you can share this to those who are potentials for the contest from your community.

I’m looking forward to read your Op-ed.

With Love,
Insha Allah

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Dear Vivian,

Please stand up for the rights of children by taking part in our Blog Day, Wednesday December 14th, in support of the Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) campaign.

Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) is a global campaign set up by the UK-based child rights charity Stepping Stones Nigeria and our Nigerian partner organisations. PACT aims to bring long-term positive social change to vulnerable children in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, particularly those at risk of witchcraft accusations, abuse and trafficking.

To help spread the word about the PACT campaign we wanted to invite you as a keen blogger to blog about your happiest childhood memory or best experience with children. We’d love for you to blog about this specifically in response to the following statement:

‘Every child has the right to happiness’

We want to celebrate children by focusing on our positive experiences of being a child or being around children. After all, every child deserves to have those happy experiences and that is what we’re fighting for through PACT.
If you are interested we would love you to take part in our Blog Day. To do so please do the following:

1. Write your blog post on December 14th

2. At the end of your post please add this statement:
“This post is part of a series inspired by the Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) campaign, hosted by Stepping Stones Nigeria. Please add your name to the PACT petition to prevent abuse of innocent children in the Niger Delta and visit the site to find out more: www.makeapact.org

3. If you want to take part please drop us an email at acintern@steppingstonesnigeria.org

4. Please ask others to get involved!

Let us know when you post and we’ll feature it on the PACT site and facebook.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about PACT and happy blogging!

Kind Regards,

Carmel

vivian's picture

though i really busy at this

though i really busy at this time, i will try and write an article for this purpose

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Acintern-Carmel's picture

Hello Vivian, That's great if

Hello Vivian,

That's great if you have time. Thank you for supporting the PACT campaign!

Carmel

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