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Germany Conclude Plans to Deport 30,000 Nigerians

Valentine Chinyem

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ABUJA – The German government has concluded plans to deport 30,000 Nigerians seeking asylum in the country.

This was disclosed by, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, during a programme, tagged; “Developing a mixed migration strategy for UNHCR Nigeria” on Tuesday.

“Germany said it has about 25,000 to 30,000 Nigerians seeking asylum and they can’t guarantee they will get it. So, there is every possibilities that they will be returned to Nigeria,” she said.

According to her, the reasons for asylum by the Nigerians were not genuine as “some who are from the East and West are saying they are running away from Boko Haram while some others say they are gays and were having challenges expressing themselves in Nigeria.”

While noting that there is no set date for the deportation process to begin, she added that, “Germany has set up a team working with the ministry of foreign affairs to see how the whole process can be made easier,” she added.

She cited that Germany is offering more scholarships opportunities and easier migration processes, she enjoined Nigerians to take advantage of these opportunities and not risk their lives by taking shortcuts. She said most of the countries Nigerians migrate to, are also facing their own challenges, as irregular migration was no longer working out.

“We are looking at the option of reverse migration also where you can actually stay in your country and enjoy everything you are migrating abroad to get,” Hon. Dabiri.

According to her, the government was already doing much to tackle the issues that are encouraging Nigerians to leave the country in droves, while noting that, “we are fighting corruption, insecurity and trying to revive the economy.”