Union declares Nigerians among the top 10 illegal immigrants in Europe.
The European Union says it can impose restrictive visa implementation rules on Nigeria, if it fails to play it’s part in the return and readmission of its nationals staying illegally in the EU.
The EU which comprises Germany, Italy, Spain, France and 23 other counties, further stated that although it would not place a visa ban on Nigeria, it could make it’s visas more difficult for Nigerian applicants if Nigeria failed to meet it’s standards. The EU spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and security policy. Ms Virginie Battu-Henriksson ,disclosed in an email chat with newsmen.
Recall that the United States had imposed immigrant visa ban On Nigeria and five other counties.
Under the new policy, citizens of the affected countries would not be allowed to apply for visas to emigrate to the US under the policy aimed at tightening “security for countries that don’t comply with the US minimum security standards or cooperate to prevent illegal immigration.” According to the department of Homeland Security, Nigeria presents a high risk, relative to other countries in the world, of terrorist travel to the US.
On Tuesday, the US ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Mary Lenoard, explained that the visa ban was nog permanent, adding that it was subject to review if certain conditions were met.