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Nigerian refugee family receives payout

The family of a Nigerian man who died at Zurich airport shortly before a deportation flight in mid-March has received financial compensation, it has been confirmed.

Federal Migration Office spokeswoman Marie Avet told the Swiss news agency that it was a “humanitarian gesture” towards the family.

The sum, the amount of which has not been announced, is helping to pay for the funeral costs.

“The Federal Migration Office greatly regrets this tragic incident,” said Avet.

The 29-year-old Nigerian, a convicted drug dealer, had refused to leave the country and was on hunger strike.

His death resulted in all deportation flights being temporarily suspended. On May 21 they were resumed, with extra medical supervision, except those to Nigeria.

These flights will not start again until the cause of death of the Nigerian asylum seeker is known, the Migration Office said.

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