Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has declared that it recorded a total of 81, 003 foreign nationals resident in the country, of which those from India and China, Britain, the United States and Lebanon top.
The Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, in a statement, Friday, signed by the Service’s Public Relations Officer, deputy comptroller of Immigration (DCI), Mr Sunday James, said the disclosure is in line with agency’s ‘statutory mandate as enshrined in Section 2 (a) – (f) of the Immigration Act 2015 as amended,’ even as he assured that it will now provide a quarterly report of migrants resident in Nigeria.
The NIS also said data was obtained from the newly-introduced Visas on Arrival (VoAs) regime as well as the Temporary Work Permits (TWPs) issued from various international airports in the country.
“As at August 31st 2018, the Nigeria Immigration Service has recorded a total of 81,003 non-ECOWAS foreign Nationals legally resident in Nigeria.
“From available statistics, there were 2,694 United States citizens, 3,946 Britons, 17,995 Chinese, 31,660 Indians, 6,295 Lebanese and 1,295 Germans living legally in Nigeria.
“Also, there were 17,118 foreign nationals from 92 other countries resident in the country.
“Within the same period, 82,084 Visas on Arrival (VoAs) were issued at 6 International Airports in Nigeria and a total of 7,570 Temporary Work Permits (TWPs) were also issued by the Service.
“The breakdown for the TWP is 1,492 issued to Indians, 1171 issued to Chinese, 987 issued to Britons, 1006 issued to South Africans, 641 issued to Italians, 649 issued to Ukrainians while a total of 1,624 were issued to other nationals.
“The Service hereby restate its commitment to safeguarding and protecting Nigerian borders while discharging its administrative and operational duties in line with International best practices and respect for the rights of Migrants without compromising National Security,” read the statement.