The United Kingdom and the Nigerian Government have on Thursday signed a migration agreement to support safe and legal migration between the two countries and to speed up the deportation of foreign criminals to Nigeria. 

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The UK Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed that the migration agreement would see criminal offenders deported within five working days. The official stated in a tweet that by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the deal, both nations would be able to tackle the threat illegal migration poses. 

What you should know 

  • The UK Government tried to establish such a migration agreement with the East-African country, Rwanda, but the European Court of Human Rights and Court of Appeal in London interrupted the deal at the last minute. 
  • The UK Home Office has established such migration agreements with Serbia, Albania and India.
  • A UK official earlier stated that the European country deported about 10,000 people from January 2019 to May 2022. 
  • Reports say that the UK government deported 13 Nigerians to Nigeria on Thursday. While eight of them were foreign criminals, the other five overstayed their visa. 
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