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CONSULTANCY ON MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT COMMUNITY RESPONSE PLAN
Nigeria remains a country of origin, transit, and destination country for trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Driven by the demand for cheap labour and commercial sex, trafficking and smuggling networks across borders and within the country capitalize on economic, social, and political vulnerabilities to lure and exploit their victims. Since April 2017, through the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme and in coordination with the Federal Government of Nigeria IOM has facilitated the voluntary return of over 2000 Nigerians stranded in Libya, Niger, Mali as well as European countries. Aside from these factors, the recent outbreak and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has further created an additional impact on irregular migration trends, with thousands of migrants currently still stranded in Libya, Niger, Mali as well as the Middle East, including Lebanon and Oman. IOM continues to work with Federal Government of Nigeria to strengthen migration management through capacity building, advisory services, and technical assistance on migration matters, including migration health and information, assisted voluntary returns, and counter-trafficking. Strong collaboration has been established with national migration stakeholders to enhance border management, fight trafficking in
persons, reduce irregular migration and mainstream migration in the country’s development plans.