Buhari laments mass migration of youth to Europe

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has raised concerns over the mass migration of Nigerian and African youth to Europe. He noted that, the mass movement is having adverse effects on the human capital of Nigeria and the entire African continent.

The president made this statement at the 6th AU-European summit currently going on in Brussels, Belgium.

In a Statement, he called for opportunities to be created in Africa to discourage the youth from leaving the continent. This he said can be done through collaboration between Africa and Europe.

He said, ‘ By 2050, Africa’s population of 1.3 billion is set to double, making up a quarter of the world’s total. My country, Nigeria is set to double its population to 400million by then, surpassing the United States to become the third largest population in the world. This means a huge youthful market right on Europe’s doorstep and – with increased trade.”

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He added that, “despite burgeoning possibility, irregular northward migration from my continent drains Africa’s talent pool while provoking political crises in Europe.’

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