Nigeria support the misconception that migrants are “desperate, parasitic and less-economic value group”.

The leader of the nation’s delegation to the 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland and House of Representatives’ Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun, made this known yesterday.

But he warned that before granting asylum to migrants, all states must collaborate with the INTERPOL and take appropriate steps to ensure that such persons had no link with terrorism.

Lasun, while addressing the General Assembly of IPU, noted that migrants represent an increased market size, purveyor of skill and talent, alternative sources of labour and workforce as well as reversal of population losses.

The deputy speaker said the scale, scope and complexity of migration in the world were on the increase due to conflicts and terrorism, which he blamed for creating a pool of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and economic downturn, especially in Nigeria.