Process to deport over 30,000 illegal Nigerian migrants is underway by the German authority.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the process is predicated on perceived failure and slow pace of the current system of deportation.
He said the process would involve the participation of of Nigerian embassies and consulate and German immigration office.
The minister made this known when he hosted the Security Adviser to the President of Germany Dr. Jan Hecker in Abuja.
“They don’t have enough faith and confidence in the process that we have at the moment for the repatriation process.
”Some of the delays they believed are with the mission and consulate in Germany.
” They want to propose a completely new process of repatriation, known as Return and Re-admission,” he said.
According to him, only about 200 Nigerians had returned to the country out of about 30,000 in the last two years.
”Germans were not happy that the system we have in place at the moment is certainly not working to their satisfaction.”
He said legal processes are being employed so as to make the repatriation workable, saying that would enable Germany to bring the affected Nigerians back home without the involvement of Nigeria’s mission in Germany.
“They will bring them here to Nigeria and say we have gone through a process in Germany; these people are your nationals, they have exhausted all the legal processes, please take them.
”And it will be here on Nigeria territory that any possibility will then exist to say maybe that one is not or this one is not.”
Who will take responsibility for their travel documents?
Onyeama told newsmen that German immigration office “will be issuing travel documents to those to be repatriated,” as well as their travels.
For this to work, Nigerian authority will have to agree on amendment of her laws.
Apart from Jan Hecker, German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlagheck and other top officials were part of the entourage.