Thirty thousand illegal Nigerian migrants in Germany will be repatriated to the country, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama.
Onyema said this on Wednesday when he received the Security Adviser to the President of Germany Jan Hecker, and his team in Abuja.
According to the minister, the new proposal is predicated on perceived failure and slow pace of the current system of repatriation.
“They don’t have enough faith and confidence in the process that we have at the moment for the repatriation process,” the minister added.
”Some of the delays they believed are with the mission and consulate in Germany. They want to propose a completely new process of repatriation, known as Return and Re-admission.”
”Germans were not happy that the system we have in place at the moment is certainly not working to their satisfaction.”
According to him, the new process essentially entails that once all legal processes have been exhausted, Nigeria should trust them (Germany), to make right decision on whom should be repatriated.
He said, “They will bring them here to Nigeria and say we have gone through a process in Germany; these people are your nationals, they have exhausted all the legal processes, please take them.
”And it will be here on Nigeria territory that any possibility will then exist to say maybe that one is not or this one is not.”