Security services started from last week to count and collect Africans, in order to deport them to their countries of origin, while it was decided to deport categories of illegal immigrants who were arrested when committing crimes, in addition to every foreign person who is convicted by Algerian courts in sentences over secret immigration or falsification, immediately without delay.
Interior Ministry decided, on the order of the Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, to deport all Africans to their places of origin, and all the security services across all the states of the country began to collect these people, who most of them are Malians and Nigerians in the immigration centers in order to avoid their spread in Algerian cities and neighborhoods, as the security operation will include later the rest of the municipalities of the country waiting to transport them by private buses to the border cities.
Echorouk sources added that about a week ago, a special process begun to enumerate illegal immigrants, and this process does not include determining the number of iillegal immigrants from African countries, but includes the definition of the nationalities of this group and their circumstances, as those who come from areas of war will be excluded later. including kids and women who are subject to special treatment.
The process of bringing together Africans was conducted by many parties including security services, civil protection services and the Algerian Red Crescent.
Head of the Algerian Red Crescent, Saida Ben Habiles told Echorouk, on Friday, that the body provided hot meals for refugees at the level of the centers in which they are deported, explaining that the various possibilities, whether physical or human were allocated to collect refugees and deport them in the best conditions towards their countries of origin, in accordance with the instructions of the authorities.
For his part, the official in charge of the file of African Migrants to the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights, Zakaria Belahreche told Echorouk that the authorities are obliged to involve the Algerian associations that are struggling in the field of human rights in order to accompany the migrants who were deported from the homeland, so that they can control them in the follow-up of the application of legal procedures on those deported, and to verify if they were treated legally or not, asserting in this context that the Algerian League for Human Rights received several complaints from migrants about the ill-treatment by some parties.
On the other hand, strict instructions were given for the immediate deportation of any illegal immigrants who is caught in connection with the commission of a crime, in addition to the the clandestine immigrants who were convicted by Algerian courts.
In a related context, the head of the Algerian Council for Human Rights, Fafa Sidi Lakhdar Ben Zerrouki, revealed that the deportation of Africans costed Algeria billions of dinars, explaining that 9 million euros were spent in order to deport at least 10.000 women and kids to their countries of origin in conditions that preserve their dignity, and that these African migrants were victims of some groups that were exploiting them in human trafficking and prostitution.
“Strict respect of Africans must be applied during the deportations in accordance to the rules that are established by international human rights law, and the most important is respect for the rights and dignity of migrants”.