Reports reaching us from a reliable source reveal that more than 15,000 illegal immigrants from Nigeria living in Germany may possibly be deported back to Nigeria.
One of the senior officers in Germany who happens to be the Head of programme, Migration and Development, Dr. Ralf Sanftenberg, said the Nigerians will be denied asylum status by German government.
Sanftenberg while on a courtesy visit with Senator Abike Dabiri-Erewa a Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora said
”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 99 per cent of them were likely to be denied asylum status because Nigeria is not among war countries.
Sanftenberg, however, said if the asylum seekers are willing to return to Nigeria voluntarily they would not be forced back or deported but would be assisted through a support programme organised by Germany.