Every year, Nigeria hundreds of Nigerian professionals leave the shores of the nation in search of greener pastures, and now the European Union (EU) has disclosed that there are more Nigerian professionals in Europe than there are in Nigeria, a situation which the union warns can be detrimental to the development of the country.
The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel Arrion, disclosed this at a Conference on National Migration Policy Thematic Areas, organised by UN International Organisation for Migration in Abuja.
Arrion explained that EU welcomed migration as long as it was legal, adding that “it enhances the movement of factors of production, particularly labour, especially in Europe.
“In Europe and in other western countries, we have this specific issue of aging population. So we need fresh blood in our countries but we have to be careful sometimes about brain drain.As you know, there are more PhD holders from Nigerian origin in Europe or in America than in Nigeria.There are more Nigerian doctors and nurses in Europe and in America than in Nigeria. So, let’s be careful with that. It is good to attract the best people but not to the detriment of the development of your country,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Minister of National Planning and Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission (NPC), Dr Abubakar Sulaiman, said Nigeria was grappling with a wide range of migration issues.
“Nigeria as the most populous country on the continent grapples with a wide range of migration issues, from internal migration to massive intra and inter-regional migration,” he said.