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.

Our vision

To be a leading world – class humanitarian organization that is operationally vibrant, efficient, and effective in protecting, assisting, and delivering durable and sustainable solutions to all PoCs.

Our mission

To integrate international best practices in the mobilization of internal and external capacities for effective and efficient delivery of durable solutions to enhance the protection and assistance of PoCs

Our strategy

To incorporate a whole-of-society and Whole-of-system approach for effective and efficient implementation of strategic Road Map for durable and sustainable solutions for PoCs, for better performance and delivery of NCFRMI mandate.


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) and Migrants.

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) as an Agency is also mandated to Provide Durable Solutions, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Care and Maintenance for Person of Concern (POC’s) in Nigeria as follow:


Provide lead in the coordination of Migration activities such as Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR)

The commission is also committed to providing durable solutions to our PoCs that assures their rehabilitation, reintegration and resettlement into the society

NCFRMI is a protection and a humanitarian body dedicated to ensuring that the right of its persons of concerns are always upheld.

The Commission ensures the empowerment of all Persons of Concern through the provision of livelihood support and skills training for their self-reliance.

Advise the Federal Government on Policy matters relating to refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons;
Protect and assist IDPs and seek the collaboration of other MDAs for such protection and assistance;
Coordinate migration issues, protect migrants and their families, including other Nationals resident in Nigeria, pursuant to the provisions of international conventions, protocols and treaties guiding the protection of rights and promotion of the welfare of migrants;
Through the Consultative Committee, provide a platform for the uniform administration of migration for formulating, reviewing and implementing a national policy on migration and development;
Work towards eliminating irregular migration and encourage orderly and regular migration of Nigerians;
In collaboration with relevant agencies of government, ensure compliance with the provisions of the Kampala Convention;
Support State Governments in the creation and maintenance of an updated register of all IDPs within their jurisdiction;
Register and make personal documentation of IDPs.
Identify, mobilize and coordinate refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons’ camp management agencies and other sectorial partners, towards ensuring effective co-ordination of other sectors responding to the provision of assistance and needs;
Facilitate the restoration of communities displaced due to ecological induced occurrences;
Coordinate the activities of all agencies on refugee, migration and internal displacement issues;
Ensure that internally displaced persons are protected during and after displacement, return or resettlement and reintegration;
Develop SOPs, in conjunction with relevant MDAs and inter-governmental or humanitarian agencies to return, re-admit and re-integrate, excluded migrants in line with extant legal instruments to promote the human rights and well-being of migrants;
Develop policy framework to encourage and promote voluntary return of IDPs to their respective homes or place of habitual residence or resettle voluntarily in another part of the country with dignity;
Proffer long lasting solutions to the problems of IDPs through reconstruction and renovation of destroyed homes and properties;
Encourage and ensure capacity building and skill acquisition through training programs to Nigerians who are being repatriated in order to be self-dependent and gainfully engaged upon their return;
Collaborate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to negotiate and facilitate the implementation of bilateral agreements with nations repatriating Nigerian citizens;
Collaborate with relevant agencies to negotiate the safe return of Nigerian migrants, where the host country has legitimate cause to return them or where they decide to return voluntarily;
Where there is a large-scale influx of persons claiming to fall within the meaning of refugees under this Act or massive internal displacement or in situations of mass return of deportees, the Commission shall, in consultation with other relevant stakeholders, provide emergency remedial measures and advise the Federal Government on the appropriate measures to be taken.


NCFRMI is guided by principles that drives its decisions and behaviour. These principles are known as the 5D’s;


NCFRMI showcases wholesome dedication in all of its Affairs. The commission Is committed to fulfilling its mandate to all persons of concern.

NCFRMI shows conscientiousness and care when carrying out its duties.

The Commission exhibits dynamism in all its activities; ever ready to adjust strategically to phenomenal changes.

The Commission is always committed to doing the right thing at the right time.

The Commission ensures that management and staff are from diverse backgrounds in other to embrace dept of knowledge and encourage unity.

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Our mission

We thrive 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.

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