Irregular Migration:TMP Appeals to Communities, Families, others to shun Stigmatizing Returnees


The Migrant Project (TMP) has urged the members of the community, families and the media to desist from stigmatizing returnees through their actions, words or sensational reports, but rather to humanize the experiences of returnees and provide mental and physical support.

TMP in a media toolkit aimed at curbing returnee stigma issued by the TMP headquarter and made available by Enitan Ibironke, Migration Advocacy Consultant and Media Liaison Officer for TMP, outlined different ways in which the media can support the seamless integration of returnees into their communities.

The toolkit noted that on the part of the media, they should “avoid using stereotypical, negative expressions about returnees as this can create or increase stigma. Avoid sensational stories about deportation and focus on humanising the experiences of returnees.

“Highlight the positive contributions that returning migrants make to Nigeria, for example, by showcasing examples of returnees who have started their own businesses; Shape public perceptions and knowledge about returnees by providing facts and balanced information.
“Advocate for better reintegration and psychosocial support for returnees.”
TMP also noted that returnees should be encouraged to sign up to The Migrant Project’s free and confidential counselling service for emotional support to returning migrants to help them cope with migration stressors.

The Migrant Project works with returnees and communities to reduce the stigma toward Nigerian migrants returning forcibly or voluntarily from Europe.

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