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Again, Nigeria denies deportation of nationals from Germany

  • Nigerian deportees from Germany
 • Nigeria Embassy economical with deportation details 
• Pregnant deportee slumps as fiancé takes poison hearing her deportation
A number of  Nigerian migrants were yesterday ( February 26, 2020) deported by the Germany authorities.
The deportees said over  40 of them, each handcuffed and manned by four security men were  brought back in an EU chattered plane.
The plane landed few minutes past 4pm and flew back after refuelling as it is usually the practice.
Our crew (Voice for African Migrants, VAM)  and representatives of Refugee4Refugee, a political platform for refugees/migrants self-organisation based in Stuttgart, Germany, had waited at the cargo section  where the Nigerian authorities often ‘dump’ the deportees but to their chagrin the deportees were not dumped there this time around.
Instead of the cargo section, the deportees were ‘dumped’ in front of the Pilgrim and Cargo Terminal of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja.
An airport source said it was a deliberate plan by the authorities to keep the deportation secret and especially away from the prying eyes of  the media.
“They wanted to deny the deportation but from every indication, the plot has abysmally failed. I am yet to understand why the authorities would continue to be evasive on an issue like this.” the source said.
We, had exclusively reported that Germany  was going to deport the fourth batch of Nigerians yesterday. This might have formed part of the decision not to take them to the cargo gate.
Although a good number of the deportees had left before we and others became aware of where they were dumped, we were able to meet about five of them, some of  who had no means of calling their relations or going home.
Traumatised as they were, the deportees said no Nigerian government  official came to counsel or soothe their frayed nerves.
“All they did was to take our profiles. Some were even asking us for money. That was the height of their insensitivity to our plight,” one of the deportees said despondently.
A female deportee, who said she is six months pregnant after receiving a telephone call started crying and slumped. She was immediately assisted by other deportees.
“They told me that my fiancée took poison when he heard that I have been deported,” she said still sobbing.
Another female deportee, who did not want her name in print, said by the nature of health challenge that she has, the German authorities ought not to have deported her.
The stranded deportees relied on support from representatives of Refugee4Refugee to pay their ways back home. The organisation had also made hotel accommodation plans for deportees who might not have somewhere to stay.
Another embarrassing denial by Nigeria Immigration Service 
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) which officials attended to the deportees on arrival has once again surprisingly denied knowledge of the exercise.
The National Public Relations Officer of the service, Sunday James said he wasn’t aware of the deportation.
“Not to my knowledge,” he replied when asked if the service was aware of the deportation.
The spokesman of the service at the Murtala Airport, Edet, said: “Sorry I travelled. I am in in Uyo. I may not know exactly. I travelled,”
Nigerian Embassy economical with truth
Nigerian embassy in Germany was economical with the truth when asked about the deportation. The reponse placed side by side with that of immigration show that there is more than meets the eye about the deportations.
It also further confirms the deportees’ allegations that they are often don’t defend them before the Germans.
Speaking on the deportation, Nigeria’s envoy in  Germany, Peter Lambat, said:  “By our records, 33 Nigerians were scheduled for deportation on 26/2/20. However, recall my last explanation  the last time on variances that that could arise against the official  figures.”
Confirming our report that four deportation had so far taken place this year, the envoy said:   “Yes, there has been other exercises but of fewer persons since beginning of the year.”
Asked if by their records the deportation had not taken place since he said that the deportees were scheduled for deportation, he said:”I used the word because I do not know if the flight took place as scheduled.”
Since he is an envoy right there in Germany, Lambat was  asked to verify if the flight took, as the deportees were seen in Lagos yesterday.  The envoy was yet to respond as at the time of filling this report ( more than 10 hours after).
45 Nigerians were deported by Germany- Activist
Putting the records straight, the Coordination Activist of   Refugee4Refugee, a political platform for refugees/migrants self-organisation based in Stuttgart, Germany, Rex Osa, says a total of  45 Nigerians arrived yesterday Lagos from Germany. “From witnesses report, to each deportee was five police officers assigned. While some of the deported persons were taken into deportation custody a few days before the scheduled flight departure,  most of them were arrested the previous night from their sleeping beds and conveyed to the airport.
” There were only three  ladies amongst them. The 4th lady was released to go back home with her kids and husband before the flight departed MÜNCHEN Airport.
“By normal standard, no airline will transport a more than 6months old pregnant lady. On the other hand, this is a situation of Germany  separating families as usual. One of the deported was arrested  during an appointment to submit the doctor’s proof of his 5months old pregnant wife. Another one was arrested in the presence of his close to  three months old pregnant wife who is a German.”
Reacting to Nigeria Immigration Service’s claim about the deportation, Rex said: “That would mean that the German government is smuggling suspected Nigerians into the country. The  response from the ministry of interior on questions we had put forward through a German parliamentarian. We had requested to know the communication of deportation enforcement with the Nigerian govt. In their response, they claim that the Airport Authorities are informed about 4weeks in advance alongside communication through the foreign representation with the Nigerian foreign affairs’ ministry. Then, how come the immigration office is not notified. But there are always immigration officers who receive and profile them on arrival.”
Rex also frowned at NIgerian embassy’s failure to come clean on the deportation. He said: “Would this not mean a total disrespect for so-called diplomatic relations. Its also shameful to understand the whole power relations. That is if the embassy officials are telling the truth. After all they are actively involved in facilitating the deportation by issuing deportation  document at the request of the German deportation regime.
“How can the embassy identify and issue deportation papers for people out of suspicion by physical appearance otherwise accent in this civilisation. The German  bereaucracy can never allow that anywhere but they continue to impose and corrupt out government.”

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Dominican Republic, IOM clear hurdles for 100,000 Venezuelan migrants

The Migration Normalization Plan will allow Venezuelans living irregularly in the Dominican Republic to work, move without risk of deportation, open bank accounts and join the country’s social security system.  Photo: IOM / Francesco Spotorno

 

 

Santo Domingo – The first group of almost 100,000 Venezuelan migrants without legal status in the Dominican Republic have received visas allowing them to work, open bank accounts and join the social security system under the country’s Migration Normalization Plan.

Created by the Dominican government and launched with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the plan aims to regularize the Venezuelan population in three stages: application for extension of stay, visa, and residency. Since April, when the first phase began, 43,000  Venezuelans have registered to extend their stay and, on 1 July, the first group of 21 Venezuelans received their work visa.

“Now that I have my visa, I feel that for others like me a lot of opportunities are opening. We will be able to establish more safely and formally to offer a better future to our children,” says Gabriela Rivero, who arrived in the country with her husband and daughter in 2018.  “Once we settled, we did not imagine how difficult it would be to get a job because the lack of documentation closed all doors.”

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Since 2019 Gabriela has led a support organization for Venezuelan migrants in Santiago de los Caballeros called FEV (Fundación Emigrantes de Venezuela), which offers free orientation and helps hundreds of migrants daily to complete their normalization plan applications.

With IOM support, eight Venezuelan migrant organizations have created orientation hubs to assist the Venezuelan population who are applying to the plan. Of the 43,000  registered through the General Directorate of Migration (DGM) web page, around 9,000 have visited the hubs for help on the procedure. The promoters and coordinators of each hub – mostly Venezuelan migrants – have learned the process with the support and guidance of the DGM team and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX). Besides being trained for orientation, they became the pilot group of the plan to receive their extensions and visas.

“The idea of this process is that we are the ones at the front of the hubs, a migrant helping a migrant, a Venezuelan helping a Venezuelan,” says Iván Carrera, a lawyer from Caracas and legal adviser of FUNCOVERD (Fundación Colonia de Venezolanos en RD). Carrera works as a promoter at the orientation hub in El Sambil Santo Domingo, one of the locations with the most people requesting support for their application.

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IOM launches open South America portal

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Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open South America, available in SpanishEnglish and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.

The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.

The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.

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Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.

“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.

“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.

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29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM

The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.

About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.

Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.

He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.

Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.

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“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”

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Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.

“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.

Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.

The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.

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