No fewer than 1000 Nigerians who migrated to the United Kingdom are currently stranded after finding out that their letters of employment were fake.

The United Nations Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM), has therefore, advised migrants to be cautious of a syndicate that specializes in offering fake employment letters to Nigerians who want to work in the UK.

The IOM disclosed that over 260,000 Nigerians had approached it in 2023, seeking guidance on how to migrate through regular or approved routes and also undergoing pre-departure medical health assessments.

The UN agency said the Nigerian immigrants who got visas based on the fake employment letters were denied work by the respective organisations in the UK because the letters did not emanate from them.
“There are some of them who lost over $10,000 only to be given fake employment letters, which allowed them to get visas,” IOM’s Chief of Mission, Mr Laurent De Boeck, said at a news conference in Abuja.

“They get there, present the letters, and the organizations tell them that the letters did not emanate from the organizations. Over a thousand people are affected.”

De Boeck also added that IOM was working with partners to repatriate thousands of persons, including Nigerians, from Tunisia, which has recently placed a ban on migration.

He said the IOM is working extensively with Italy to develop regular pathways for qualified Nigerians and that it would also engage other countries like Spain, Belgium, France, and others.

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