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Immigration is not the answer, Nigerian cardinal says

September 13, 2016

Cardinal John Oneiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, says that his country's goverment must take steps to revive economic prospects, to curb the flow of emigrants and thereby stop providing opportunities for human trafficking.

Migrants are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking, the Nigerian cardinal told a conference on that topic. He remarked that people are given the impression that if they travel to Europe, their lives will be better. "It is not true," the cardinal said. "It can be worse over there than what you are facing here."

Cardinal Oneiyekan said that Nigerian people should be able to find work and maintain a decent living in their own country, because "immigration to an unknown destination is not the real answer."


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