JAPA trend is worrying- NIS laments

The Nigerian Immigration Service(NIS) has expressed worry over the increasing number of Nigerians relocating abroad.

This was disclosed by Joachim Olumba, who is the NIS comptroller of Enugu State.

He said this at a sensitization session organised by NIS in collaboration with the International Centre for Migration Policy and Development (ICMPD).

“Indeed, this programme couldn’t have been held at a more appropriate time, considering the alarming rate at which not only the youth but older generation of Nigerians exhibit interest in leaving the country,” said Olumba.

“This is creating a worrisome phenomenon which has come to be popularly known in local parlance as ‘japa’.

“To many, what is paramount is to achieve the goal of migrating from the country and not the means of reaching their destinations. Whether they are smuggled or trafficked, or they even get to leave the country by means of stowaway, does not really matter to them,” added the comptroller.

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