The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) deported 64 irregular immigrants and repatriated 1,132 others in 2020.
The NIS supplied the figures in its 2020 Annual Report launched on Tuesday.
Bimbola Ojo, Assistant Comptroller-Basic, Planning, Analysis and Statistics, stated 3,112 Nigerians had been refused departure, whereas 3,563 foreigners had been denied entry as a consequence of COVID-19.
The official stated the pandemic precipitated a pointy discount within the motion of individuals into the nation by land and air.
Nevertheless, there was an enormous rise within the variety of immigrants by sea borders.
“In 2019, 40,872 immigrants made their approach to the nation by the ocean. The determine shot as much as 213,116 immigrants in 2020. This represents a rise of 13.5 per cent in 2020 in comparison with 7 per cent in 2019.”
The company recorded a 68.7 per cent lower within the complete variety of immigrants final 12 months.
ACJ Ojo added that the company recorded a lower within the variety of asylum seekers in 2020 as a result of pandemic.
Moreover, the overall variety of passports issued in 2020 for Normal, Official and Diplomatic had been 764,294 in comparison with 1,198,275 in 2019.