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EU: more Nigerian professionals in Europe than in Nigeria

THE European Union (EU) has claimed that there are more Nigerian professionals in Europe than there are in Nigeria.

It warned this can be detrimental to the development of the country.

The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Michel Arrion, said this at a Conference on National Migration Policy Thematic Areas, organised by UN International Organisation for Migration in Abuja.

EU, Arrion explained, welcomed migration as long as it was legal, adding that “it enhances the movement of factors of production, particularly labour, especially in Europe.

“Migration is good. We (Europe) like migration as long as it is legal. We need migration for various reasons.

“Movement of factors of production is a good thing and labour moving freely is a very good thing.

“In Europe and in other western countries, we have this specific issue of aging population. So, we need fresh blood in our countries, but we have to be careful sometimes about brain drain.

“As you know, there are more PhD holders from Nigerian origin in Europe or in America than in Nigeria.

“There are more Nigerian doctors and nurses in Europe and in America than in Nigeria. So, let’s be careful with that. It is good to attract the best people, but not to the detriment of the development of your country.’’

Minister of National Planning and Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission (NPC) Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman said Nigeria was grappling with a wide range of migration issues.

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Posted By BOBRICKY On 07:09 Fri, 29 May 2015

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