The National Population Commission, NPC, on Thursday said it would conduct a survey on Nigerians in the Diaspora as part of its migration activities for 2013.
The NPC Chairman, Festus Odimegwu, made this known when he received a delegation of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, in his office in Abuja.
The IOM is an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation on population movement and management.
Mr. Odimegwu said the idea is to research ways and means to ensure the return of high quality Nigerians in Diaspora to contribute to nation building.
He said the data from such a survey could also help determine how Nigerians could migrate to gain quality education and competence.
“Others include conducting of Nigeria Youth Migration Survey to know the reasons for internal and external migration of youths, links to insecurity and violent, among others in the country,” he said.
Mr. Odimegwu said the collection, processing and analysis of migration statistics required specialised skills and solicited support for capacity building for staff on migration through training and study programmes.
“Nigeria needs to get simple things right, like knowing our population, its full demographic characterisation and dynamics, and we need all the support of our development partners like IOM,” he said.
Mr. Odimegwu said the commission was deploying highly skilled professionals and modern technology to ensure that the migration data was not only accurate and reliable, but also relevant for sustainable development.
He said the smooth implementation of the migration aspects of its strategic architecture and planned survey for 2013 required the collaboration of development partners.
The IOM Director-General, Williams Swing, said that its organisation would always collaborate with the commission to ensure effective population management in the country.
“We are living in the world on the move, there are more people moving today than any other time recorded in the history.
“They are moving for a number of reasons, they move to north and south to search for job in the developed countries. This is the driving force,” he said.
Mr. Swing said climate change and environmental degradation in some places also contributed to people’s migration.
He said recently there were more disasters, such as earthquake, and flood, among others in Africa, South Asia, Japan and in other places.
Mr. Swing, however, said he wishes that human trafficking would be reduced by 30 per cent.