German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has outlined the reasons behind the potential deportation of over 14,000 Nigerians residing in the country. He attributed this situation to the significant increase in Nigerians seeking asylum, many of whom lack proper identification.
Scholz also mentioned that a substantial number of Nigerians who have behaved responsibly in Germany may not receive the benefits they deserve in the absence of necessary identity documents.
Moreover, approximately 12,500 Nigerians are in a state of tolerance in Germany due to the Nigerian government’s hesitance to accept individuals without the required identification documents.
Speaking during a meeting with President Bola Tinubu in Abuja on Tuesday, Scholz said, “The current spike in Nigerians filing initial asylum claims in 2023 has sparked worries. Nearly 14,000 Nigerians might be deported, and the great majority of them do not have the necessary identification cards.
“We are prepared to collaborate in order to enhance migration,” the statement stated, adding that Germany would be happy to send back any Nigerian national who has behaved well.
At the same time, Tinubu hinted at the possibility of collaboration to address the deportation issue. The President also emphasized that his government is prepared to facilitate the return of individuals, particularly those who are acknowledged as fellow citizens and have exhibited good conduct.
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