Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals in Nigeria.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee

Consular section at our High Commission in Lagos estimate that there are approximately 20,000 British nationals living or working in Nigeria.

Nigerian immigration records at April this year indicate that 30,555 British nationals visited Nigeria between January and December 2013 (our Travel Advice states that on average 117,000 British nationals visit Nigeria each year). However it is important to note that many dual nationals (British/Nigerian nationals) may enter Nigeria using their Nigerian passport).

Consular section Lagos states that large numbers of British nationals are based in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Delta and Akwa Ibom States and Abuja.

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