Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammad Babandede stated this in Abuja, the country’s capital city when the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Fulrio Rustico visited him.
He said emphasis should be shifted to the welfare of deported Nigerians after they arrived in the country in view of the fact that some of them had left Nigeria for long and lost family contacts.
Babandede said there was need to implement an integration process with a voluntary return program for the deportees.
The NIS boss also said since migration in itself is not an offence, migration managers could convert irregular migration to regular movement by deliberate control of migrant workers through a migrant quota regime.
He appealed to the Ambassador for respect for regular and irregular migrants and protection of their rights in detention camps preparatory to their return in line with the UN Transitional Organized Crime (UNTOC).
Earlier, the Italian envoy, Fulrio Rustico, as stating the need for deeper cooperation between Nigeria and Italy in the area of migration management.
The envoy expressed the embassy’s willingness to collaborate with the NIS on how it handles migration issues and the illegal routes used by migrants to Europe.
He assured the NIS of Italy’s willingness to support it in the area of capacity building and exchange of intelligence on migration issues. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana