Cameroon: 517 Nigerians, 313 asylum seekers forcibly deported from Cameroon

Cameroon displaced persons Cameroonian displaced people wait for food parcels at a food distribution center in Koza, in the extreme northern province, west of the Nigerian border, September 14, 2016. The Boko Haram insurgency has displaced millions of people in West Africa. REINNIER KAZE/AFP/Getty

Cameroon has forcibly repatriated more than 500 Nigerians who had fled into the country due to the Boko Haram insurgency YARPTI said.

YARPTI is very concerned by these repatriations which are against international conventions on human rights and  advocates  for access to asylum and  the practice of not returning refugees to a country where they could face persecution. Recall that the Nigerian government recently declared that it has succeeded in ending the Boko Haram insurgence in Nigeria. This might encourage voluntary return of asylum seekers who fled the country to survive terrorism.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 163 Nigerians who have been stranded in Libya voluntarily returned to the country on Tuesday, February 14.Their return was facilitated by the International Oganisation for Migration (IOM), following the federal government’s request for its assistance after confirming that some Nigerians were willing to return home.



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