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Algeria to take all ‘legal measures’ against illegal immigration

Image of migrants left stranded along the Algerian-Moroccan border [Wise‏/Twitter]
Migrants left stranded along the Algerian-Moroccan border [Wise‏/Twitter]

Algeria is determined to take all legal measures in accordance with international charters to “preserve the security and stability of its borders”, the country’s Interior Minister, Noureddine Bedoui, has said.

Speaking at a meeting with members of the municipal council, Bedoui addressed the increasing worries regarding the rise in illegal immigration. He reiterated how the National Commission in charge of the case “had taken strict measures to eradicate criminal networks that engage in the trafficking and exploitation of women and children in our territory for criminal purposes.” He further added how some of these criminals were arrested last year.

“We will continue in this direction with more firmness,” he promised.

“All the strict measures will be taken to overcome this phenomenon and to preserve our security and stability,” he said, adding that “this will be done in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its counterparts in Niger and Mali and several other African countries.”

Read: Algeria ‘will never give up’ on African migrants

Algeria has been facing increased hysteria regarding the presence of sub-Saharan migrants settling in the country or transiting en route to Europe.  Media frenzies have been blasted for racist headlines accusing migrants of bringing diseases into the country and of attacking Algerians.

Many of the migrants have been forced to live in squalid camps around the capital where diseases have thrived in the poor conditions.

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  • valakos

    I think North Africa is the only buffer against mass migration to europe from primarily african males.I ‘m reading reports almost weekly of mostly african men trying to get to europe mostly via Libya which, because of the unrest, is actually the easiest route as charity operators appear to be ferrying them to Italy. I’m also seeing reports of mostly African men trying to come via morocco (about 7,000 this year) and surprisingly via Turkey (they buy a plane ticket to Turkey and then cross by dinghy to greece – these ar about half of the arrivals to greece or about the same number spain has received. Italy has received almost 100,000 this year and about 200,000 for last two years). What is strange that it is almost ALL black African men – I believe their motivation to be partly economic and MOSTLY to get a white european girlfriend (their are numerous reports in italy of africans going to nightclubs and harassing local women, one town mayor had to ask them to stop). The left in Europe are not as strong willed as Algerian government is in dealing with the african male influx – Morocco as well has been cooperating heavily with spain but so many african men want to make it to europe. I read a comment by bill gates that this influx, unless dealt with could be catastrophic – africa is 1.2 billion people and europe is about 600 million. The only buffer are the rational north african countries that can deport them