Director of the operational centre for migration at the Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities Hassan Kacimi reiterated Wednesday, in Algiers, Algeria’s “categorical refusal” of the European Union’s proposal for the creation of migratory platforms, affirming that the illegal migration phenomenon requires a “global solution.”
Speaking on the sidelines of the third and last day of the conference under the theme “Involving Africa to face migration crisis,” Kacimi said that the European proposal to create migratory platforms in the north-African countries isn’t an “acceptable vision,” adding that Algeria has made proposals aimed at dealing with the phenomenon as part of a “global solution” involving projects of “developments, job creation and encouragement of the settlement of the African countries’ populations.”
Pointing out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already expressed Algeria’s official position about this issue, Kacimi affirmed that “the resolution of the migration crisis couldn’t be based only on the adoption of security measures.”
“Algeria is making major efforts within the framework of cooperation with the African countries and the region to help resolving this crisis while taking into consideration the specificities of human rights’ respect and international conventions,” said Kacemi.
In this regard, he added that Algeria “is facing important migration flows, notably at the level of the country’s southern borders.”
Previously, he underlined in a speech, in a plenary session, that the creation of an African area where people can move freely is a “legitimate ambition,” underscoring that the African States must first prepare the ground and face “major challenges” to achieve this objective.
Kacimi affirmed that the creation of such a space is a “requirement” which requires guaranteeing the security of States and individuals and their property, adding that “it takes about 70 years for the European States to implement Schengen area and the borders didn’t totally disappear.”