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Thursday, 14 June 2012

NEWS & REPORTS

Austria may deport 1,000 asylum seekers to Nigeria
By Oghogho Obayuwana
 
ABOUT 1,000 Nigerian asylum seekers in  Austria may be  deported following  the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Nigeria and Austria. 






The agreement was signed last week in Abuja   by Austrian Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister  Michael Spindelegger and Nigerian Foreign Minister Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru .
The agreement  'exposes' these persons who are without a clear proof of Nigerian citizenship, most of them living in Austria for many years and well integrated (but not accepted as refugees according to the Geneva convention).
The two countries pledged cooperation in security matters, a joint tackling of terrorism and training of security personnel.
Besides, the Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria Dr Stefan Scholz  extolled the Sultan of Sokoto Saád Abubakar 111 for his outstanding work in interfaith cooperation and religious tolerance in Nigeria.
The Guardian learnt that although most asylum seekers of Nigerian extraction are already considered economic refugees by the Austrian authorities to the chagrin of the affected citizens, the fear is rife that should the religious, ethnic and social situation in Nigeria held to be tense deepens , Europe might be faced with an even larger number of refugees from Nigeria.
In the aftermath of his visit to Nigeria (the first by any Austrian high government official in the 50 years of bilateral relations between the two countries), Spindelegger has been quoted by foreign news agencies including the Austrian Press Agency and Austrian newspapers as saying that the Abuja agreement shall help to reduce the 'fear' of the readmitted, because the Nigerian government through the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) has pledged  to look after them (deported asylum seekers) while Austrian companies operating in Nigeria have shown their readiness to offer training (resettlement) programmes in this regard.
Besides, the signing of the readmission agreement opens a floodgate to handle one thousand older but open cases of refused asylum seekers in Austria from Nigeria. Before the agreement, the Federal Government had not been obliged to take deported refugees back even though last year, of the 14, 416 requests for asylum, 414 were from Nigeria.
Referring to the principles of the UN convention on the status of refugees (July 1951) and the protocol relating to the status of refugees (January 1967) and also the principles and provisions of the UN convention against Transnational Organised Crime and the Protocols thereto (December 2000), part of the Abuja agreement obtained by The Guardian, stated thus: "Each contracting party shall admit to its own territory, at the request of the other contracting party, any person who is not or is no longer eligible to enter or to reside in the territory of the requesting contracting party, when it has been shown in accordance with Article 111 or is shown through the identification procedure outlined in Article 1V, that holds a valid internationally accepted travel document according to Article 111... The same may apply to persons who acquired a travel document by the contracting party."
The preamble to the agreement, however, stated clearly that the treaty was being made based on the friendly relations between the two states and people willing to facilitate the repatriation of citizens of one contracting party irregularly residing in the territory of the other contracting party as well as their rehabilitation and to treat such persons in a manner which would dignify and guarantee their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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Love the article on Gaddafi
We must rise above tribalism & divide & rule of the colonialist who stole & looted our treasure & planted their puppets to lord it over us..they alone can decide on whosoever is performing & the one that is corrupt..but the most corrupt nations are the western countries that plunder the resources of other nations & make them poorer & aid the rulers to steal & keep such ill gotten wealth in their country..yemen,syria etc have killed more than gadhafi but its not A̷̷̴ good investment for the west(this is laughable)because oil is not in these countries..when obasanjo annihilated the odi people in rivers state, they looked away because its in their favour & interest..one day! Samosa Iyoha

Hello from
Johannesburg
I was amazed to find a website for Africans in Hungary.
Looks like you have quite a community there. Here in SA we have some three million Zimbabweans living in exile and not much sign of going home ... but in Hungary??? Hope to meet you on one of my trips to Europe; was in Steirmark Austria near the Hungarian border earlier this month. Every good wish for 2011. Geoff in Jo'burg

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ANH work but...
Interesting interview...
I think from what have been said, the Nigerian embassy here seem to be more concern about its nationals than we are for ourselves. Our complete disregard for the laws of Hungary isn't going to help Nigeria's image or going to promote what the Embassy is trying to showcase. So if the journalists could zoom-in more focus on Nigerians living, working and studying here in Hungary than scrutinizing the embassy and its every move, i think it would be of tremendous help to the embassy serving its nationals better and create more awareness about where we live . Taking the issues of illicit drugs and forged documents as typical examples.. there are so many cases of Nigerians been involved. But i am yet to read of it in e.news. So i think if only you and your journalists could write more about it and follow up on the stories i think it will make our nationals more aware of what to expect. I wouldn't say i am not impressed with your work but you need to be more of a two way street rather than a one way street . Keep up the good work... Sylvia

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