Algeria will take back its citizens illegally residing in Germany, Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia pledged Monday during a visit by the country’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
„I confirm that Algeria will bring its citizens back, whether it’s a matter of 3,000 or 5,000 (people),“ the premier said during a news conference alongside Merkel.
Ouyahia said most citizens had been returned on Air Algerie flights, adding the process could be speedier if Berlin was able to convince Lufthansa to fly them back on its regular flights.
[…] Ouyahia said the Algerian authorities were also taking action against those illegally entering its territory. „Algeria does battle for the rest of the international community,“ he said, by preventing „20,000 to 30,000 people annually from entering Algeria illegally“ from where many continue their journeys to Europe.
[…] Algiers has meanwhile asked Berlin to implement extradition requests issued by Algerian courts.