Wednesday, 28 August 2013

EU, Nigeria partner on migration


The European Union on Tuesday said it had begun collaborating with Nigeria and other West African countries to develop “an ordered approach” to migration through its Blue Card.
Dr. David Macrae, the EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, stated this in Abuja at a media luncheon organised in conclusion of his tour to Nigeria.
The Blue Card is an approved EU-wide work permit backed by the EU Parliament in November 2008, which also recommended safeguards against brain drain.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it allows high-skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in any country within the EU, excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, which are not subject to the proposal.
Macrae said that enhancing migration services would promote development in both regions.
He said the EU had a mission from its border agency in Nigeria to implement the agreement signed by both parties toward enhancing migration services.
He said, “We have in the country at the moment, a mission from Frontex, which is the European agency responsible for the border.
“An agreement was signed with Nigeria in Warsaw, in January 2012 which is a move towards working closely with the Nigeria migration services.
“When we talk about migration to Europe, people think about visas and the problems they have getting visas.
“We want to try and develop in conjunction with the Nigerian authorities and the authorities of other West African states, an ordered approach to migration.
“This is linked with development and we have this idea of the blue card, the Americans have the green card, which will give Nigerians better opportunities to find work in Europe.”

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