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Nigeria receives 12,000 asylum seekers in eight months —UN Report



Nigeria receives 12,000 asylum seekers in eight months —UN Report

A report by the United Nations Human Rights Council has shown that not less than 12,000 foreigners thronged Nigeria as refugees or asylum seekers between January and August 2023.

According to the report, no fewer than 6,064 foreign nationals, mostly children, sought asylum in Nigeria between January and August 2023.

The report further stated that most asylum seekers originated from Cameroon, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Lebanon, Chad, Palestine and Sudan, where the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces have fought since April 2023.

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons also said that 4,337 asylum seekers are from Cameroon, 843 from Syria, 271 from CAR and 261 from Sudan. They also include 88 Congolese, 35 Chadians, 33 Palestinians and 103 from other countries.

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The Commission says 2,759 are children, while 1,602 and 1,703 are men and women, respectively.

According to reports, since August 2022, approximately 22,539 persons fled Cameroon to Nigeria, with the majority located in Madagali, Mubi North, Mubi South and Michika local government areas in Adamawa State.

Aside asylum seekers, Nigeria, between January and August, 2023, also registered the influx of 6,366 urban refugees.

These refugees were from Cameroon (1,643), Niger (1,439), Central African Republic (982), Democratic Republic of the Congo (676), Syrian Arab Republic (576), Türkiye (409), Mali (145), Côte d’Ivoire (136), Others (360).

The UNHCR says 2,468 are men, 1,682 are women and 2,216 are children, with the most being between 18 to 59 years old.

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