Algeria has taken significant decisions to secure its borders to tackle the constant flow of African migrants moving through the country as they attempt to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, says the Director of Studies for Migration at the Interior Ministry, Hacene Kacimi.
He told Algerian national radio Monday that the decisions were taken during an inter-ministerial meeting held in late March as the constant flow of at least 500 migrants per day to Algeria was a matter of concern for the senior government authorities.
The migration phenomenon “actually hides a secret agenda of interference and militarization spaces”, he added.
The current situation had brought about major geo-strategic challenges which led to the convening of an inter-ministerial council meeting to decide on crucial measures to secure the country’s borders, the official said.
He stressed that the country’s southern provinces “will not be Africa’s Lampedusa (in reference to the Italian island)” and that Algeria has taken “all the necessary measures to prevent the border areas in the country’s south becoming a large-scale migrant camp”. — NNN-APS