Algeria has expelled more than 1,200 West African migrants, including Nigeriens, to Niger since the announcement of the reopening of the land border between the two countries on July 14, the International Organization for Migration announced on Monday. (IOM).
“On July 18, an official convoy of 515 Nigerien returnees arrived from Algeria. Already on July 16, 752 migrants from West Africa arrived on foot in Assamaka, the (Nigerien) town closest to the Algerian border, ”the IOM office in Niger said on its Facebook page. .
“After their dangerous and trying journey”, the migrants “all received non-food items (hygiene kits, blankets, mats, etc.) thanks to funding from the Italian Ministry of the Interior”, added the same source.
According to the UN, Algeria has since 2014 expelled tens of thousands of irregular migrants from West and Central Africa.
Algerian and international NGOs have often accused the Algerian authorities of arbitrarily arresting and collectively expelling nationals of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, sometimes leaving them without water or food in the middle of the desert.