25.8 C
Abuja
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Merkel wants Algeria PM to help speed up return of migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday asked for Algiers’ help in speeding up the repatriation of rejected Algerian asylum seekers to their country of origin.

Berlin and Algiers have in place a mutual agreement governing expulsions of their citizens, “but we have to ensure that it works properly,” said Merkel at a press conference with visiting Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

German authorities have been calling for greater efficiency in deportation procedures, and the issue has gained urgency given the rising numbers of Algerians arriving in recent months with thousands of migrants seeking asylum.

Earlier this month, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had pointed to an increasing number of arrivals from Morocco and Algeria in December, describing it as a worrying trend.

Migrants from North Africa have also came under the spotlight following a rash of violence against women during New Year’s festivities in Cologne.

German federal police have said nine Algerians figured among 32 suspects they have identified who allegedly participated in the rampage.

Sellal however sounded a note of caution, saying before any deportations, “we have to ensure that they really are Algerians”.

If Algerians were indeed among those guilty of participating in the mob violence in Cologne, then “I can assure you that for us, Algeria, as a country and as a people, that is unacceptable,” he said.

Berlin is mulling whether to classify Algeria and Morocco as safe countries of origin — a category which would mean its citizens were unlikely to qualify for asylum.

Merkel said Friday that no such decision had yet been taken on the issue, but that citizens of both nations stood less chance of winning asylum in Germany than those from war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq.

– Cracking down on criminals –

In the wake of the Cologne violence, Merkel’s ruling coalition has also agreed on a deal to make it easier to expel convicted migrants.

The deal, announced by de Maiziere and Justice Minister Heiko Maas, came after Merkel said she backed changes to the law to ensure that criminal migrants are kicked out of the country.

There are two forms of expulsion procedures in Germany.

In the first, migrants are forcibly returned if convicted of a jail term of three years, but only if they do not face any risk to their lives in their countries of origin.

In the second, migrants can have their residency revoked if convicted of a year’s jail term, and are therefore required to leave Germany, failing which, they would be forcibly removed.

The coalition deal relates to the second procedure although it must be put to parliament before becoming law.

– AFP

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Latest News

With 137 coronavirus cases Ghana to lockdown Accra, Kumasi

Ghana has announced a two-week lockdown in the country's two main regions - Kumasi and Accra metropolises from Monday to curb the spread of...

Bombs explodes in Akure, Nigeria, destroying over 100 houses(with pictures)

Over a hundred houses including churches and residential buildings have been destroyed by a large explosion which split the ever busy Akure/Owo road into...

Libya: Haftar forces capture Syrian mercenary recruited by Turkey

A video shared by Libyan National Army (LNA) allied to Gen. Khalifa Haftar, shows an alleged Syrian mercenary talking about being recruited by Turkey...

Guineans overwhelmingly vote to back new constitution

Guinea has voted to back a contested new constitution, the country’s electoral body said Friday, in a blow to President Alpha Conde’s opponents who...

Zimbabwe to impose 21-day lockdown from Monday to combat coronavirus

Zimbabwe will impose a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Monday to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, and security forces may be...

10-minute coronavirus test in production in Senegal may be on its way – for $1

Researchers this week began validation trials on a Covid-19 diagnostic test that can be done at home and produce results in as little as...

Police shoot 2 men in Uganda for violating movement ban

Ugandan police said on Friday that two men were in hospital after being shot for violating restrictions on transport in a bid to curb...

Coronavirus cases in S/Africa now 1,170 as bus taking tourists to testing facility breaks down

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has gone up to 1, 170, this is even as the nationwide shutdown to try...

Couple arrested on bus in Tanzania for claiming coronavirus a hoax

Police in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam are holding a couple for allegedly spreading false information that coronavirus is a hoax from government.Dar...

British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for Coronavirus

British PM Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 and would be coordinating affairs via video conferencing."Over...

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -
%d bloggers like this: