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Germany set to deport over 12, 000 Nigerian asylum seekers

Indication has emerged that more than 12,000 Nigerians asylum seekers in Germany are likely to be deported in 2018.

The German Global Head of Programme, Migration and Development, Dr Ralf Sanftenberg, who stated this on Tuesday when he visited Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said this is so because German authorities will deny them asylum status.

Sanftenberg, leader of delegation from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, was on a site assessment mission for assisted-voluntary returnees of Nigerian irregular migrants in Germany.

The mission coordinate centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which offers returning expert services support that targeted knowledge transfer.

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

“There is a little chance for their applications to be moved and they may be forced to come back to Nigeria next year,” he said.

He said that 99 per cent of them were likely to be denied asylum status because Nigeria is not among war countries.

Sanftenberg, however explained that if they were willing to return voluntarily they would not be forced back or deported but would be assisted through a support programme organised by Germany.

“We provide services for the retuning migrants in Nigeria, we can provide training for entrepreneurship.

“We have provided for several other countries in the field of migration policy actually we want to find out to establish migrant services in Nigeria

“we are not focusing on returnees, what we are doing is to support the returnees to be reintegrated,” he said.

Another member of the delegation who is a consultant to the programme, Ms Stphania Alofokhia-Ghogomu, urged Nigerians seeking for asylum in Germany to return home.

Alofokhia-Ghogomu, who also a voluntary returnee, said she had spent half of her life in Germany and had to tome come back to contribute to development of Nigeria.

She said she was a beneficiary of the CIM with a two years top up salary at the Federal University Otuoke, that helped her to reintegrate when she came back.

According to her most of the seekers are not likely to be given asylum status because Nigeria is not war country, and when they are denied they go into illegality.

“And that is the situation, though if they chose to come back voluntarily they can get into the reintegrated programmes that are already available for them.

“But the if they refused to come back voluntarily they will be deported, and if they are deported they cannot go back to any EU countries in the next five years.

“That is why it is advised to return voluntarily because they can always apply and go back to the place,” she said.

Dabiri Erewa commended German Chancellor, Angel Merkel for how she was addressing the challenge of illegal migrant in the country.

“So we will look forward to seeing what you want to do in terms of setting up German migrant services in Nigeria,” She said.

The presidential aide therefore called on Nigerians facing deportation in Germany to come back home and take advantage of the opportunity provided by German Government to assist them.

“For Nigeria in Germany who wants to return there is a better place for them at home to help them live a better live.

“Germany has the ministry of internal affairs and have budget for the returnees, and there are services that will be provided through Germany that they can enjoy,” she said.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.