The Federal Republic of Germany has been sending hundreds of Nigerian asylum seekers back to their country since 2015. Just last year deported Nigerians were the largest national group from sub-Saharan Africa, this was based on deportations orders from the EU.
The order scaled to a total of 12,175 of a total of 513,000 people asked to leave the country, Spiegel.
Germany has now replaced Italy as the main destination for Nigerian asylum seekers in the span of two years but most asylum seekers are not given the mandate to stay. In 2019 only 6.8 percent of Nigerian asylum seekers were granted protection in Germany.
404 Nigerian nationals were deported from Germany to Nigeria, 19 of them under the age of 18.
Tens of thousands of Nigerian asylum seekers in Germany face the harrowing wait of deportation when because their asylum application have been rejected. Due to the coronavirus the deportation of large numbers has been avoided but it this has also changed.
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The German government recently stated that they would pay asylum seekers up to 12,000 euros to return to their countries to avoid letting them stay in the country. ( WE WROTE ABOUT IT HERE).
While the German Government is supposed to follow up on asylum seekers who have been returned, this is not the case. No one follows up on their welfare soon after being deported and no one understands what it means for their health and living conditions.
A commander of the Nigerian immigration authorities, the country’s border police, told the team of reporters that his office often only found out about deportation flights after the planes had already taken off in Germany. “We have no information on this matter,” said a statement from the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
This results in a lot of people stranded upon arrival with no help.
Source: Spiegel.de, Afronews.de