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Promoting Better Management of Migration in Nigeria

03/01/2019 - 15:16
Regional overview

The overall objective is to enhance Nigeria's capacity to manage migration in order to maximize its development potential. The component "Promoting better management of migration in Nigeria by combating and reducing irregular migration that occurs, inter alia, through trafficking in persons (TIP) and smuggling of migrants (SOM)" has an objective to curb irregular migration by combating and reducing TIP and SOM from Nigeria to Europe.


Expected results:

  • Governance of the migration sector is improved through the adoption and implementation of the National Policy on Migration and a migration data-management strategy to work using evidencebased instruments;
  • The management of organised labour migration is improved through a strengthened legal framework, the improved capacity of the Federal Ministry of Labour and productivity to manage labour migration and the mobilisation of the diaspora for national development;
  • The management of irregular migration, trafficking and smuggling from National Immigration Service (NIS) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in persons and other related Matters (NAPTIP) is improved through improved organisational and managerial capacities, data collection and data sharing with other law enforcement agencies and support to the implementation of the respective action plans. 


Main activities:

  • Training of trainers on migration policy development and management;
  • Provision of equipment to different state key partners;
  • Supporting Civil Society Organisations projects;
  • Support of a system of registration, mapping and mobilising the diaspora for national development;
  • Expansion of existing border management system. 


Main accomplishments to date:

  • Adoption of the National policy on migration and development and its Action Plan in May 2015;
  • Adoption of a National Labour Migration policy;
  • Adoption of a national migration data management strategy;
  • Training completed for all relevant institutions involved in the coordination of migration management; 
  • Establishment of a national intelligence unit at Nigeria Immigration Service;
  • Development of an NIS training strategy;
  • Refurbishment of 5 border posts and establishment of MIDAS;
  • Establishment of 2 Migrant Resource Centres in Lagos and Abuja;
  • Establishment of 6 job centres in Abuja, Akwa, Asaba, Kaduna, Bauchi, Lagos;
  • Update of the 2009 National Migration Profile; 
  • Establishment of diaspora online portal and return of 2 diaspora members to support capacity building in Nigeria;
  • Adoption of NIS Training Strategy document in 2015. 



Source of funds: 10th EDF (CRIS ref: FED/2010/022-447)

Total budget (EUR): 20.692M

Implementing period:  55 months (From 16/06/2011 to 31/12/2016 for IOM)

                                       72 months (From 18/07/2011 to 17/01/2018 for UNODC)

Implementing agencies: IOM, UNODC

Geographical region: Federal + 7 pilot states (FCT, Lagos, Niger, Abia, Cross River, Edo, and Benue)

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