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Chinje laments 9,400 Nigerians seeking EU asylum, tasks Nigerian media – ITREALMS



The Senior Special Advisor to the African Media Initiative (AMI) Mr. Eric Chinje, has decried the fact that Africans still seek migration in this 21st century, even as he lamented the application of 9,400 Nigerians who sought asylum in the European Union (EU), reports ITREALMS.

Speaking at the day-1 of the three-day Media and Migration Training for Journalists and Educators in Lagos, Mr. Chinje, said that Africans’ migration story is a sad one.

As said by him, at the training hosted by Africa Positive in collaboration with AMI, Erich Boost Institute, Africans have lots of stateless citizens within the continent than those migrating outside.

Condemning the 9,400 applications seeking for asylum in European Countries, he said, out of this figure, estimated 7,000 of Nigerians were denied asylum as at the first quarter of this year.

He pointed out that people usually migrate within their region, stressing that in African-European comparison as at 2017, 19 million Africans migrate within the continent, just as 9 million Africans migrated to Europe whereas the migration from Europe to Africa is negligible.

On historical peak, he lamented that a total of 158 million migrants and refugees worldwide in 2017, pointing out that altogether, more than two thirds, which is about 68 per cent of all refugees worldwide came from just five countries.

These countries, he listed to include Syrian Arab Republic – 6.3 million, Afghanistan – 2.6 million, South Sudan – 2.4 million, Myanmar – 1.2 million and Somalia – 986,400.

He insisted that for the continent to make a difference, media like in Nigeria must identify and prioritize issues of interest to the populace in order to bring change to the governance, since political leaderships often listen and follow media trends.

“Media tell people what to think about via agenda setting,” he declared, emphasizing that readers and audiences learn not only about a given issue, but also how much importance to attach to that issue from the amount of information in a news story and its positions.

This, he said, points to how a given information is presented to the audience and framed will determine how it would influence the choices people make about how to process that information.

Maintaining that media, especially in Nigeria has a huge role to play to curtail the peak of migration from the continent and the country precisely.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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