Germany’s global head of programme, migration and development, Ralf Sanftenberg said at least 12,000 Nigerians living in Germany may be deported next year, during a visit to the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
“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 was on a site assessment mission for Nigerians who are voluntarily returning to the country. He said 99 per cent of the asylum seekers would likely be denied asylum status because Nigeria is not among affected countries and added that asylum seekers willing to return to Nigeria voluntarily will not be forced back or deported but would be assisted through a support programme organised by Germany.
It will be recalled that the German Chancellor, widely panned for her ‘open-door’ policy for migrants, shut the door for Nigerians claiming officials will send them back. The country is the most sought-after destination for migrants, partly due to Mrs Merkel’s policy to open the borders to them.