124 Illegal Cameroonian migrants repatriated
Cameroon: Illegal migrants - 124 Cameroonians repatriated
The contingent from Niger that landed yesterday at Yaoundé-Nsimalen airport was immediately taken care of by the authorities.
Yaoundé-Nsimalen International Airport. 15:30 p.m. yesterday, when the special flight chartered by the European Union (EU) and with Cameroonian ex-migrants on board lands on the tarmac. On board, 124 Cameroonians out of the 162 expected. They leave the transit centers of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Niger. The latter have just been repatriated to the fold by the authorities, the IOM with financial support from the EU. They were driven back onto the Mediterranean corridor that leads to Europe three months ago. As a safety measure related to the Covid-19 pandemic, passengers will spend 30 minutes on the plane, the time to disinfect the device.
On the 124 passengers who disembark from the plane certainly delighted to tread the soil of the native country again, there are young people whose age range varies between 20 and 30 years for the most part and newborns. Confined to one of the waiting rooms, travelers will pass the airport health team for covid-19 screening. In the great hall, officials from the Ministries of Public Health, Social Affairs, Territorial Administration, IOM and civil society, are busy giving administrative visibility to all these beautiful people. Objective, to facilitate their reintegration and return to family. The Ambassador Head of Delegation of the European Union, Hans-Peter Schadek who is there as well as Dr Boubacar Seybou, Head of Mission of the IOM. Visibly satisfied with the success of the operation, they
'talk about their situation, including their voluntary return to "home".
The vast majority of these migrants dreamed of a radiant elsewhere, after having abandoned, for some, their jobs. Dreams of a better life shattered and turned into a nightmare on the shores of the Mediterranean. “I decided to return because the context linked to the coronavirus no longer allowed me to continue the adventure. It was hell, I am very happy to return to the country ”, explains Aboubacar. After this stage, the ex-migrants will be accommodated for two days in a local hotel before finding their families. This operation should be remembered is part of the project for the reintegration and protection of migrants, started since June 2017. To date, more than 4 Cameroonians have been able to find their homes and 000 have been reintegrated.
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