The Nigerian government is about to sign a pact with the European Union to receive aid from the union in exchange of the deportation of Nigerian economic migrants.
This is similar to a recent pact EU had with Turkey that is dramatically curbing migration flows from the Middle East.
A “readmission agreement” would involve migrants from Nigeria being deported in exchange for EU economic aid for Nigeria.
It would be the bloc’s first major return deal with a sub-Saharan African nation — its only existing one is with tiny island nation Cape Verde.
The EU and Nigeria agreed to “take the necessary steps to launch negotiations” for a deal after meetings in Brussels last month, and diplomats there have since been working to secure a mandate from member states to start the negotiations, an EU diplomat said.