June 1, 2023

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The arrival of a new wave of over 600 immigrants from Algeria

Over 600 Immigrants, from a dozen African countries, arrived in northern Niger after returning from Algeria, AFP learned on Tuesday from local authorities. About 669 deportees arrived from Algeria, including two Nigerians and 667 nationals from West and Central Africa.walkon September 17 in the Nigerian town of Assamaka, closest to the Algerian border, after returning from neighboring Algeria, local officials told AFP.

Among the 667 migrants, 648 were males, 14 were females and 5 were minors. There are 286 Malians, 166 Guineans, 37 Burkinabes, 27 Senegalese and 25 Beninese. The group consists of 22 Ivorians, 21 Gambians, 21 Sudanese, 19 Nigerians and 14 Cameroonians and 14 Sierra Leoneans. Also, returnees include nationals from Chad, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Togo.

«A wave of immigrants»

There is the International Organization for Migration (IOM).Confident“To AFP”The influx of immigrantsAlgeria’s, however without advancing a number. “We are ready to help them. Migrants wishing to join our Assisted Voluntary Return Program may be admitted to our transit center in Assamaga.“, IOM assured. On September 6, after returning from Algeria, some 847 migrants, including Nigerians and 40 women and 74 unaccompanied children, arrived in Agadez, the municipality of this large northern city told AFP from Nigeria.

Considered a transit point for Eldorado and Europe, Algeria has expelled tens of thousands of irregular migrants from West and Central Africa since 2014, according to the United Nations. Some of these migrants try to survive in Algeria, often by begging, but a large number try to reach Europe.

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In early July, IOM announced the rescue of fifty West African migrants, including women and children.blockedAnother transit point for illegal immigrants to Europe is in the desert north of Niger, near the border with Libya. In June, the organization Médecins sans frontières (MSF) condemned “Inhuman treatmentImposed on West African colonists seeking to reach EuropeEnvironment 2000“them”Average monthlyEvacuation from Algeria and Libya to neighboring Niger. Algeria, which does not have an asylum law, often denies these allegations, saying “Malicious propaganda».