Algerians To Benefit From Free Movement In "Schengen" Space Starting From 2017

date 2016/11/21 views 290 comments 0

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Algeria ambassador to Belgium revealed, on Monday, about preparations for a meeting with the EU in February 2017, regarding the new measures that would give more freedom of movement for Algerians in the "Schengen" space.

These measures come within the framework of the comprehensive agreements that organize the axes of people's movement like the visa, the rights of legal immigrants and the living conditions, dignity and freedom of movement, and improving relationships between Algeria and the 27 European countries.

In response to a question about the bad treatment against Algerians during their travel to Belgium and even against the Algerian community that is living there, especially in the Brussels Airport, Belani said: "These procedures are exaggerated, because there are agreements between Algeria and the European Union, and even the Belgian authorities regarding the respect of human rights, and even if it comes with a suspect or an illegal immigrant".

In contrast, Algerian diplomat in Brussels added that the number of Algerians who are living in Brussels, Belgium, in a legal way and who are registered at the Algerian consulate in Brussels rose from 31.000 in 2015 to 33.000 until October 31 of this year, as most of them reside in Brussels and its suburbs.

"Number of Algerian illegal immigrants in the "Schengen" space countries is difficult to be identified, because they are living illegally in 27 countries, because of the failure of these countries of declare them, even for people who are in the migrant centers, and some of the local laws of the European countries do not require the authorities to notify the countries that provide migrants, except in the case of a written statement by the concerned, which makes it a difficult for the Algerian diplomatic missions to visit the immigration detention centers to check out the conditions and the way they arrive to these countries".

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