By Olalekan Adisa,
A statement signed by the president of the Foundation, Ajibola Abayomi, in Lagos on Tuesday to mark the world migrant day reads thus
“As the world marks 2019, International Migrants Day, JIFORM is calling on nations and the media to be at the forefront of abolishing all dichotomies against human migration This is with a view to promote safe and regular migration in other to encourage unhindered human movements across the globe.
“Migration is as old as man. It is not a crime however this is without prejudice to right of every country and system to stem the tide of criminality in all forms. We are of the view that migrants are potential economic developers and should be treated with all respects as contained in the frame work of international law and United Nations High Commission For Refugees.
“We recommend the example of Nigeria through the migrant-e registration that allowed all migrants in Nigeria to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service with a view to capture their data and regularize their status instead of harsh conditions migrants are subjected to in Europe and other continents.
“The world must not sight of the fact many countries are still treating migrants as criminals by subjecting them to all forms of abuses. JIFORM hereby charges media to drop the usage of the word “illegal” to describe migrants and completely refrain from blaming them for their actions in relation to migration.
“We endorsed the charter for Africa particularly in relation this era of rapid globalization, human migration has evolved into a dynamic phenomenon with respect to the multitude of factors contributing to the migration of unparalleled numbers of migrants across immense geographical trajectories.
« Africa Union must reflect on the nine thematic adopted during its Executive Council Ninth Ordinary Session 25 – 29 June 2006 Banjul, in Gambia and formulate policies to implement actions on :
Labor migration, Border Management, Irregular Migration, Forced Displacement, Human Rights of Migrants, Internal Migration, Migration Data, Migration and Development, and Inter-State co-operation and partnerships to develop the continent” Ajibola said.