Algeria is planning to grant residency rights and job permits to undocumented African migrants, Reuters reported.
Algeria’s plans are a response to the shortage of workers witnessed in farming and construction as well as to combat a surge in racist sentiment.
To determine the number of beneficiaries of the scheme, the interior ministry is organising a census while security services will screen potential residency candidates.
“They will get a residency document, which will allow them to get a job,” Tebboune told lawmakers. “We won’t allow any NGO or individual to tarnish the image of our country.”
The official gave no further details on the plan.
African migrants in Algeria are mostly from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and have come to escape poverty in their homeland.
“That’s great news, I will be happy if I can work under the framework of the law,” said a young Malian working illegally in a housing project as a mason in Ouled Fayet, west of Algiers.