About 30 percent of Nigerian Migrants seeking Asylum in Belgium hail from Edo state.
The Directorate General, Immigration Office, Belgium, Mr Freddy Roosemont disclosed this at an event organised by the Immigration Office of the Kingdom of Belgium in Collaboration with Pathfinder Justice Initiative (PJI), in Benin, Edo capital, on Wednesday.
Mr Roosemont described as worrisome, the issue of Asylum seeking from Nigerians
He said 30 percent of Nigerian asylum seeker are from Edo, 20 percent from Lagos and the remaining 50 percent are from other states in Nigeria, adding that in 2022, about 370 Nigerians sought for Asylum, while about 360 also requested Asylum in 2023.
Mr Roosemont explained that the high rate of people from Edo involved in human trafficking when compared to other states in Nigeria and necessitated the awareness creation about safe migration in the state.
Roosemont said jobs market in Belgium were already saturated, advising Nigerians not to fall victims of human trafficking in the name of helping them get jobs in Belgium.
He said they are in support of legal migration, as about 5,000 Nigerians were living legally in Belgium.
The Executive Director, PJI, Ruth Benson-Idahosa, solicited support from Non Governmental Organisations in creating awareness about the safe migration initiative.