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ICMPD Around the Globe: ICMPD’s Director General presents new project on “reverse migration” to Nigerian Ministers

12 February 2018

DG Spindelegger with the Nigerian Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau on 9 February in Abuja

On 8 and 9 February 2018, ICMPD’s Director General Michael Spindelegger visited Abuja to meet the Minster of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau as well as a number of high-level officials. The Director General introduced the pilot project “SUPREM” to the ministers, kicking off this year.

SUPREM is a pilot project, developed by ICMPD in response to the challenges related to the return of irregular migrants.It aims to create a structural framework for Private-Public-Partnerships (PPP) and multi-stakeholder dialogue to foster sustainable and dignified return and reintegration.The initiative is welcomed by all Nigerian stakeholders involved.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama said that the present administration had already put in plane mechanisms to address irregular migration and to promote the concept of reverse migration. ICMPD’s Director General also pointed out that the project is supposed to “encourage more Austrian companies to come and invest in Nigeria so that they also can contribute to solving the problem of irregular migration”. The Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau was particularly glad to welcome DG Spindelegger after they first met at the Vienna Migration Conference 2017 in October when the concept of reverse migration has already been discussed. “The participation in the Vienna Migration Conference offered great opportunity to learn about new concepts, including about this reverse migration concept”, he said during the meeting on Friday, 9 February.

SUPREM is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior and aims at creating a win-win situation to all parties: Perspectives for those migrants that are not granted legal status in Austria who will be provided with specialised training, fixed employment and support during their transition, Austrian and international companies operating in Nigeria will get quality work force. The Nigerian and Austrian governments will benefit from a cut in irregular migrations will all their negative implications.

More information about SUPREM can be found here.

Download Project leaflet here.