Control of Migrants Under the Immigration Act 2015

The term “migrant” has been defined by the International Convention for the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families as a person who is to be engaged, is engaged or has been engaged in a remunerated activity in a country of which he or she is not a national. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) defines “migration” as the movement of a person or group of persons, either across international borders or within a state. Migration can also be classified into Immigration and Emigration. Emigration can be defined as movement of people, goods and services out of territorial boundaries while Immigration is the movement of people, goods and services into a geographical territory (the latter being the focus here).

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), an agency under the Federal Ministry of Interior, is charged with the responsibility of regulating and approving the immigration and emigration of expatriates as well as granting visas and entry permits into Nigeria.