Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis could cause ‘mass exodus’ to Europe

Peace and Freedom

May 18, 2017

After almost eight years of terror by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, famine looms in northern Nigeria. The unprecedented humanitarian crisis might cause a mass migration to Europe, experts warn.

Cape Town (dpa) – Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has caused an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria that could lead to a “mass exodus” in direction Europe, Nigeria’s chief humanitarian coordinator said.

“If we don’t deal with it now, my great fear is that tens of thousands will leave for Europe,” Ayoade Alakija told dpa.

“The migration routes are already there. It’s very simple math, really,” she explained.

Alakija’s concerns are echoed by a new study by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which shows a direct link between high levels of food insecurity and increasing migration.

Each one percentage increase in food insecurity compels 1.9 percent more people to migrate, WFP found…

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