Illegal migration:Nigeria may face tough visa rules- EU warns

Illegal migration:Nigeria may face tough visa rules- EU warns

Nigeria is struggling with the US visa ban, the EU said it could impose restrictive visa implementation rules on the country.

The European Union says it can impose restrictive visa implementation rules on Nigeria if it fails to play its part in the return and readmission of its nationals staying illegally in the EU.

The EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Virginie Battu-Henriksson, said this in an email chat with The PUNCH on Tuesday.

The EU, which comprises Germany, Italy, Spain,Belgium, France,Czechia,Denmark and 20 other countries, further stated that although it would not place a visa ban on Nigeria, it could make its visas more difficult for Nigerian applicants if Nigeria failed to meet its standards.

The EU spokesperson said, “Nigerians still place among the top 10 nationalities detected as staying irregularly on the EU territory, although the number of Nigerians entering the EU irregularly declined drastically last year.

Spokesperson said, “Nigerian criminal networks remain active in Europe, and Nigeria remains the main non-EU country of origin for victims of trafficking (mainly women) registered in the EU.”

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