“Irregular northward migration from my continent drains Africa’s talent pool” – President Muhammadu Buhari

The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has, during the 6th AU-European summit currently going on in Brussels, Belgium, raised his concerns over the massive migration of the Nigerian and African youthful population to Europe to seek better life and opportunities. President Burahi said the ongoing migration of the continent’s youths to Europe is having adverse effects on the human capital of Nigeria and the entire African continent.

During his speech at the AU-European summit in Belgium, President Burahi continued by saying “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.” President Buhari called on EU leaders to join hands in curbing the influx of young Africans into Europe by creating opportunities, which he said can be done through collaboration between Africa and Europe.

President Buhari 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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