Analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on returns of Nigerian migrant workers through media monitoring

News | 14 June 2021
To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian returning migrant workers, and due to a scarcity of data, the ILO FAIRWAY Programme has been collecting and documenting information related to Nigerian returnees from May 2020 to March 2021 through a media mapping exercise. These exercise comprised two reporting periods: between May 2020 to October 2020 and the second covering November 2020 to March 2021. A report covering May to October 2020 found that targeted media channels highlighted an estimated return of approximately 10,000 Nigerian migrant workers from 23 countries, with the United Arab Emirates accounting for the highest number of returnees. The report also noted that airports were the dominant point of entry and looked at the compliance measures adopted by relevant stakeholders during the return of the migrant workers, and their reintegration process in their communities.  The media monitoring covering November 2020 – March 2021 will be released by end of June 2021.

The ILO FAIRWAY Programme commenced preliminary work on the adaptation of the ILO Toolkit on Reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment to train and enhance the capacities of local journalists to report on thematic areas covered by the toolkit, in addition to enhancing knowledge on the national policy on labour migration and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The FAIRWAY Programme in Nigeria continues to generate information for evidence-based engagement with the media and a wide range of stakeholders at the national level.