The Federal Government on Thursday, disclosed that 25, 000 Nigerian asylum seekers will be deported to the country by the German government.
This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, when speaking on issues affecting Nigerians in Diaspora, who are illegally migrating to countries in Europe and Asia without valid reasons.
According to Dabiri-Erewa this huge number of Nigerians seeking asylum in Germany claimed to be victims of Boko Haram insurgency and gay, but were not convincing the German government enough to accept them.
She said: “Germany said there are about 25,000 to 30,000 Nigerians seeking asylum and they cannot guarantee that they will grant them asylum and so there is every possibility that they will be returned back to Nigeria; so Germany has set up a team working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to see how they whole process can be made easier; the process of deportation, irregular migration might be made easier. So they are offering more scholarships and more routes for regular migration.
“So we appeal to young Nigerians to look out for these opportunities that are being offered by Germany rather than migrating through irregular means. So they have made up their minds 25,000 will be sent back, they are seeking asylum and it is not likely they are going to grant all of them.
“And those going there seeking asylum they also realise that they give reasons like we are running away from Boko Haram; you are living in the East or in the South West and you are going to Germany saying you are running away from Boko Haram, they see through these things. Some are saying oh, we are gays and they are persecuting us; so they are also seeing through these reasons for wanting to seek asylum.”
She further stated that the government has been on the issue of reversing incessant migrations, which countries in European Union, EU, are being encouraged to come with human capacity development projects and programmes that would benefit Nigerians, and also to discourage unnecessary migrations as a lot of things that can be done here.
According to her Germany has credible ways to assist Nigerians, especially on educational grounds, and are making effort to ensure Nigerians benefit from this.
“What they are saying is that if you are coming, you can come in genuinely through the regular route if you can prove to us especially the young ones, students who are going to school so they are making it a bit easier.
“Germany in particular is opening up opportunities, particularly for scholarships, and students who want to come, so they are making opportunity for them to learn the language, you have more people coming on scholarship and then if you are really serious there is an opportunity for you”, she added.
In his remarks, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Antonio Jose Canhandula, called for more government action to reduce migration in West Africa, following the horrible experiences young people from the sub-region pass through in the bid to get to Europe for greener pastures.
“First of all is to acknowledge that the human beings have needs that should be met and those needs will be met in a manner that satisfies not only the needs of the individual but actually that individual leaves family behind, all of those are looking up to people that can migrate to help them and these needs are to be acknowledged.
“And I think there is need for a bit more political courage to understand that government has a role to play in making sure that there are alternatives to migration and that migration can happen regularly.
“It is not just about preventing people from moving, it is then to give them the alternatives that they can use to provide for their own needs”, Canhandula said.
Meanwhile, he added that the issue of unemployment should be tackled more by the Nigerian government in order to give young Nigerians a sense of belonging instead of them embarking on dangerous journeys.
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