As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding around the world and the global death rate continues to rise in 2021, secondary effects have become a harsh living reality for many. In addition to the imme- diate physical and psychological concerns, as well as the economic impact, one area deeply affected by the crisis is international migration – both legal and ir- regular.
With this study, Seefar provides a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on current and future migration intentions and patterns in human trafficking in Benin City, Nigeria.
“My travel plans remain the same, COVID-19 has not changed them. But the pandemic has changed what I plan to do when I get to my destination. My friends over there keep assuring me that I can secure a better job once I have entered successfully because a good number of those who died from COVID-19 are employees who have to be replaced at work.”
Potential migrant, male
The study explores changes to attitudes and behaviours concerning irregular migration, smuggling and human trafficking. In doing so, it seeks to provide stakeholders with a better understanding of what kinds of support might be needed to address potentially harmful migration practices resulting from COVID-19.
This report draws on the perspectives of 38 potential migrants and family members of potential mi- grants currently living in and around Benin City. Seefar also conducted key informant interviews (KIIs), a desk review and social media content analysis to inform and crosscheck findings from the in-depth interviews (IDIs).
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