Thirty-seven thousand (37,000) Nigerian illegal migrants were repatriated to their country of origin during the period from December 2014 to November 2018, including 1,095 women and children who were exploited for begging, said on Monday, Director responsible for migration at the Ministry of the Interior, Local Assemblies and National Planning, Hacen Kacimi.
Speaking at a press conference held at a social welfare center where more than 70 children from Niger are housed and looked after, including 28 without parents, Mr Kacimi reported on the repatriation of 37,000 Nigerian migrants between December 2014 and November 2018, including 1,095 women and children who were exploited for begging by Nigerian criminal networks that use this money for criminal purposes, including the acquisition of weapons.
He said, in this regard, that these criminal networks activating in Niger exploit children and women in Algeria to collect money through begging, stating that this phenomenon was found from the years 2013 and 2014. M Kacimi also said that justice is working to eradicate Niger’s criminal networks specialized in human trafficking, a number of which had been dismantled in Algiers, Tizi Ouzou, Bejaia and Oran, adding that “the investigations are ongoing “.
He stressed, moreover, that these criminal networks activate especially in the wilayas of the South, like the province of In Guezzam (Tamanrasset) where the forces of the People’s National Army (ANP) arrested several of these criminals and the province of Bordj Badji Mokhtar (Adrar) where quantities of weapons of war were seized.
Interviewing a number of Nigerien children and women residing at the social welfare center in Dely Brahim, they told the APS that “they were transported by an unknown smuggler from Niger in order to exploit them in Algeria in begging and hand over the sums collected to the keeper of the unknown network “.
In this regard, Mr. Kacimi said that the transportation, accommodation and care of illegal migrants is very expensive to the State Treasury, indicating that the budget allocated, for the 2019, for the transport and food of Nigerians smuggled into our country amounts to 100 billion centimes.