1, 400 foreigners seeking asylum in Nigeria – UNHCR

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Nigeria is home to over 3,679 refugees and 1,407 asylum seekers

While thousands of Nigerians are scattered across various countries trying to seek asylum, over one thousand foreigners are also seeking asylum in Nigeria, the United Nations has said.

The UN High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, said there are currently 1,407 asylum seekers in various refugee camps in Nigeria while the county also has 3,679 refugees.

The UNHCR representative in Nigeria, Angele Dikongue-Atangana, said this while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

Ms. Dikongue-Atangana said that the figures did not include 1,307 Liberians refugees, who according to the agreement between the UNHCR and International Community, seized to be refugees as at June 30.

She said that UNHCR would continue to carter for Liberians refugees as they were in the process of securing passports for them to be conveyed back home.

“For those waiting for voluntary repatriation and due to reasons arising from previous persecution in their country and they still want to enjoy international protection, they will be allowed to retain the refugees status,” she said.

She said that UNHCR wanted to intervene on the Internally Displace Persons, IDP.

“we cater for the refugees, asylum and IDPs. We will ensure that they are protected from crises and violence,” she said.

Ms. Dikongue-Atangana said that the commission had collaborated with UN and some International organisations, including some NGOs, local and international, to build a framework and to ensure that flood victims were comforted.

“We have intervened as a humanitarian team and we have done a lot of work on the flood victims. We are working in an orderly manner.

“Many of our colleagues provide protection assistance and in terms of security, we provide facilities to ensure that they are in a better condition,” she said.

She said that the UNHCR was also working with National Emergency Management Agency.

Ms. Dikongue-Atangana said that agency has formed a team and has visited about 13 affected states with some materials to support the victims.


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