Migrants: Algiers sounding the alarm about the scale of the crisis in the Sahel


International12: 19 12.10.2018 (updated 12:28 12.10.2018) Short URLThe report of the UN on the renewal of migrants to Niger does not take into account the extent of the migration crisis in the region. On 11 October, the director of the Algerian Ministry of the Interior, in charge of the migration file, pointed out the dangers that this phenomenon entails for the country's security. daily entry of 400 illegal migrants from the southern borders. Some of these migrants constitute a danger to public order and many of them carry serious and contagious diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis which has returned to Algeria ". On October 11, Hassan Kacimi, director of the Algerian Ministry of the Interior in charge of migration, said in an interview with the Arabic-language news site Tout Sur l'Algerie (TSA). ).
"It should be noted that 99% of Algeria's 35,000 Algerian border returnees were" recruited "by begging networks," he added.
Regarding the accusations made on 9 October, addressed to Algeria by Felipe Gonzalez Morales, the UN Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on the rights of migrants, Hassan Kacimi noted that "the The information contained in this report on the renewal of migrants from Niger is false ".
According to him, "the rapporteur Felipe Gonzalez Morales drew this data from a party that has no credibility." "These are networks of smuggling of migrants who have no interest in Algeria Renew migrants at the borders because they are the first to benefit, "he said, asking" how can we ask a trafficker to give you information on the renewals made by Algeria? "
While reaffirming that his country was returning migrants to Niger with respect for human dignity and in the framework of international conventions and law, the Algerian official pointed out that "the UN report has not not mentioned the migrant smuggling networks that are based in Agadez in Niger, where 14,000 vehicles are used by 7,000 traffickers to drive illegal migrants to Algeria and Libya. "
Speaking about the nature of the UN diplomat's mission, Mr. Kacimi stressed that "as a UN rapporteur, he does not have the prerogative to threaten a state". "What he wrote in his report is unfounded. He did not note any positive points in favor of Algeria while everyone knows that Algeria has made a lot of effort to drive irregular migrants back into the country by spending a large budget, "he added. arguing that the issue of migrants had "become a means of pressure used against states to force them to open detention centers for undocumented migrants and to interfere in the internal affairs of countries."
In this regard, a Canadian parliamentary delegation, led by Senator Raynell Andreychuk, recalled, on October 11, in Algiers, "the role played by Algeria in defending the rights of refugees to the Office of the United Nations Commissioner of this humanitarian dossier, as well as the efforts made in the field of human rights ", during a hearing granted by the vice-president of the Council of the Nation (the upper chamber of the Algerian Parliament), Saâdia Nouara Djafar, according to a statement from this institution quoted by Algeria Press Service (APS).
As a reminder, on October 9, Felipe Gonzalez Morales wrote in his report to the UN: "I call on the Algerian government to immediately stop collective expulsions of migrants [africains] to Niger". "Migrants are rounded up at their homes in the middle of the night […] without even having time to get dressed, to take their belongings and their savings," he added. They are taken to police stations, "beaten" and then deported by bus to the Niger border, where they have to walk to the nearest town, the report still accuses, stating that among them, many migrants " had lived and worked for several years in Algeria, where their children were born and educated ".
Algeria, according to statistics from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has expelled 35,600 Nigerians to Niger since 2014 – more than 12,000 since the beginning of 2018 – as well as more than 8,000 migrants from West Africa since September 2017.