The United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) has so far shipped at least 2,000 citizens of Cameroon back home from Libya after they voluntarily gave up their attempts to invade Europe—but another 120,000 are still making the attempt, according to that African state’s government.
Failed Cameroonian would-be invaders of Europe receive registration forms upon their arrival after spending several months in Libya, at the Yaounde International Airport in Cameroon.
According to a VOA report, the 2,000 Cameroonians were “rescued” in Libya and brought back to the central African state by the International Organization for Migration.
In the latest shipment back home, more than 100 Cameroonians “cheered and sang the central African country’s national anthem upon arrival at the Yaounde-Nsimalen international airport from Libya this week as they were met by family members, curious onlookers and government authorities,” the report said.
Cameroon estimates 120,000 of its citizens are illegal migrants, with most trapped by trafficking rings, or held in Libyan prisons or Italian refugee camps.
One of the would-be invaders, named Olive Mboze, told journalists that her husband stayed behind in Algeria, where they had flown from Cameroon with the hope of finding a way to Italy.
She discovered she was one month pregnant when she got to the Libyan city of Bayda, so she worked as a housekeeper and reported herself to the police when the pregnancy reached seven months. She says she was charged with illegal immigration and taken to a prison in Bayda, where she delivered her child.
Other invaders told stories of torture and murder, and said some went missing and others were trapped in the desert or at sea.
The International Organization for Migration gives $150 to each of the invaders who return to buy food and gifts for their families.
The reporter went onto interview brothers Henri and Pierre Bekolge, who, a year ago, returned from Libya and opened a poultry farm in Ahala, on the outskirts of Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, benefiting from $4,000 given to them by the Cameroon government to “socially integrate returning migrants.”
Pierre says his brother, Henri, sold the first chickens and a portion of land they inherited from their parents and left again for Europe through North Africa. Pierre says he is also determined to go to Europe, and is working hard to raise funds to leave Cameroon.
Pierre refused to say when he would leave, but said it was imminent.
The fact that the UN operates a return program to Cameroon proves that there is absolutely no justification for anyone from that country to claim “asylum” in Europe or anywhere else, as if there were a genuine threat to life in that country, there would be no officially sponsored return program.