African Migrants' Dream For Better Life Turns to Nightmare

Algeria has been deporting African migrants to neighboring Niger for years. Authorities force thousands to cross the border through the desert to Assamaka, where the humanitarian situation reportedly is catastrophic. Meanwhile, a total of 13,000 Nigerians have voluntarily returned to their home country since 2020, with the help of Nigerian government authorities and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), according to the United Nations.

Their dream of a better life in Europe has turned into a nightmare, forced to experience violence, abuse and racism in Libya. More than 70% of migratory movements within Africa take place within West Africa alone, according to the IOM. Many people search for better work opportunities. However, in recent years, irregular migration from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe as well as between West and Central Africa has also increased significantly.


Thousands of migrants deported from Algeria and abandoned in the desert of northern Niger are stranded without access to shelter, health care, protection, and basic necessities, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says.

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