Nigerians seeking asylum in South Africa & Germany face deportation threats.

Nigerians seeking asylum in South Africa & Germany face deportation threats.

Germany’s Global Head of programme, migration, and development, Ralf Sanftenberg has revealed plans to deport over 12,000 Nigerians asylum seekers in the country next year.

A planned protest in South Africa slated for February 24 also calls for the deportation of Nigerians, amongst other foreign nationals.

A document doing the round in South Africa rhetorically reads: “Why is the government giving asylum seekers status to Nigerians, Zimbabweans and Pakistanis? Is there war in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Pakistan?

There are over 37, 000 Nigerians in Germany and more than 12,000 of them are asylum seekers.

Sanftenberg argued that Nigeria is not among war-torn countries and as such, asylum seekers from Nigeria would likely not be accepted.

This is also the stance of the Mamelodi Concerned Residents who are organizing the peaceful protest against illegal immigrants on corner Visage & Paul Kruger (City Hall), Pretoria.

If the Nigerian asylum seekers in Germany are willing to return to Nigeria voluntarily they would not be forced back or deported but would be assisted through a support programme organized by Germany.

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