According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), social media is a big weapon that encourages young Nigerians to leave.
IOM Chief of Mission Franz Celestin said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN).
Citing the number of Nigerian returnees from Libya, Celestin said that poverty or instability may not have been their cause for emigration.
He reported that most were from the country’s southern sections whose states were more stable and economically viable.
The IOM boss found that young Nigerians are easily swayed by people posting on social media about ‘success stories.’
Celestin said that despite the situation in the north-east, figures showed less people migrating from the area.
“One of the strongest push for migration is aspiration and not just poverty, conflict or disasters. Yes, the economic part of this is also a push factor. But of all the people returning from outside, and pretty much form Libya, less than 0.2 per cent of them comes from the North East.
“Why is it that over 49 percent of them are from Edo, 17 percent from Delta; then Lagos, Imo and Ogun States? When you have these five states combined, they account for 89 percent of those coming from Libya. If you look at these states, they are far ahead of the Northeast in any human development index.
“You have to cascade the effect of knowing that somebody who has left can make it, then I can make it. Also You see the Instagram factor, when all these guys are posting pictures in London. You say, oh I know this guy, he went to school with me and now he is abroad. You will want to do the same thing”, he said.
Celestin cautioned that the pasture youths see may not be as green as it appears.
He added that one may have to work up to three jobs before being able to send money back home.
In August, Uyo Zonal order, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), declared the rescue of 132 people.
The ages of the victims are between 5 – 34.
A total of 40 were freed from sex exploitation, 28 from baby sellers, and 23 from labour exploitation.
The remaining others were freed for other sundry exploitation cases.