Irregular Immigration from Nigeria to Italy: A Life-Threatening Journey
“It’s a deadly journey. The moment you just leave this Nigeria boundary, that is where the problem starts.”
Irregular immigration from Nigeria to Italy by desert and sea way is a dangerous journey that has claimed many lives. Despite the risks, many Nigerians still embark on this perilous journey in search of a better life. In this article, we will explore the dangers of irregular immigration from Nigeria to Italy and the high risk of death for irregular migrants.
The Journey from Nigeria to Libya
The journey from Nigeria to Libya is fraught with danger. According to The Migrant Project, the main dangers for irregular migrants at each step of the long and risky journey from Nigeria to Libya include extortion, kidnapping, and violence. Many migrants are forced to pay large sums of money to smugglers who promise to take them to Libya. However, these smugglers often abandon the migrants in the desert, leaving them to die of thirst and hunger.
God is Good bus park in Benin City, southern Nigeria, where most journeys to the Central Mediterranean start.
The journey from Libya to Italy is even more dangerous. According to UNESCO, irregular migrants from Nigeria face a high risk of death, injury, sexual violence, and imprisonment on the extremely dangerous Mediterranean route. Many migrants are crammed into overcrowded boats that are not seaworthy, and they often drown when the boats capsize or sink.
‘We were given very little water and no food. My health was failing. I was in and out of consciousness’
– Vincent, migrant
The High Risk of Death for Irregular Migrants
The high risk of death for irregular migrants from Nigeria to Italy is a well-documented fact. According to Middle East Eye, the UN reported in December 2016 that migrants detained in Libya suffer widespread malnutrition, beatings, and a lack of basic healthcare. Many migrants die of starvation, dehydration, or disease while in detention.
Official statistics also paint a grim picture of the dangers of irregular immigration from Nigeria to Italy. According to IOM, reports that irregular migration from Nigeria to Italy by desert and sea way is a deadly journey that has claimed many lives. The article mentions that more than 2,300 migrants have died at sea on the Central Mediterranean route in 2020 alone.
Over 140 migrants and refugees, mainly from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone, wait to disembark at the port of Augusta in eastern Sicily in September 2015
Irregular immigration from Nigeria to Italy by desert and sea way is a deadly journey that has claimed many lives. The risks of extortion, kidnapping, violence, and death are high, and the journey is not worth the risk. We urge the Nigerian government to take action to address the root causes of irregular migration and to provide better opportunities for its citizens. We also call on the Italian government and the international community to do more to protect the lives of irregular migrants and to provide them with safe and legal pathways to migration.
NWA Nigerian Women Association Verona helps to stop all this
Despite the dangers of irregular immigration from Nigeria to Italy, many Nigerians still embark on this perilous journey in search of a better life. However, there are organizations that are working to help stop this dangerous trend. One such organization is the NWA Nigerian Women Association Verona. According to the Eyefon Project, the NWA Nigerian Women Association Verona is working to raise awareness about the dangers of irregular migration and to provide support to those who have been affected by it. The organization is also working to provide education and training to young people in Nigeria to help them find better opportunities at home. By working together, we can help to stop the dangerous trend of irregular immigration from Nigeria to Italy and save lives.