The Commission

“The Commission” was established by Decree 52 of 1989 now Cap. N21, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (NCFRMI Act).

The NCFRMI Act incorporated the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the status of Refugees, its 1967 Protocol and the 1969 Organisation of African Unity Convention governing specific aspect of Refugees problems in Africa and they together form the guide to the protection and management of asylum seekers and refugees in Nigeria.

The Commission’s mandate was expanded by the Federal Government to cover issues relating to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the coordination of Migration and Development in 2002 and 2009 respectively.

NCFRMI is mandated to coordinate the national action for the protection and assistance of:

  • Refugees
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Returnees
  • Stateless Persons
  • Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
  • Migrants

All these categories of persons are referred to as Persons of Concern to the Commission.


To integrate the best solutions through effective utilization of data, research and planning for the Return, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Re-integration of all persons of concern.


To be a leading world-class humanitarian organisation with effective sustainable solutions for persons of concern.


Integrity, Discipline, Transparency and Accountability, Empathy and Dignity in the Management of Persons of Concern, Professionalism.

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