The West African country of Cameroon last week deported 517 Nigerians—including 313 who falsely claimed to be asylum seekers—and the United Nations plans to help send back at least 85,000 more during March.
According to local media reports, the 517 Nigerian invaders had been living in Cameroon illegally, and 313 of them claimed to be asylum seekers who had fled from the Boko Haram insurgency.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), “efforts are ongoing to get details surrounding the action by the Cameroonian government and the condition of the affected Nigerians.”
The UNHCR is also planning to sign an agreement with Cameroon and Nigeria in March 2017, for the voluntary return of 85,000 Nigerians pretending to be refugees.
The Nigerian government recently declared that it has succeeded in ending the Boko Haram insurgency, meaning that it was now safe for those who had fled to return to the country.
Meanwhile, 163 Nigerians who have been stranded in Libya have also voluntarily returned to their home country in a repatriation organized by the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The IOM became involved after the Nigerian government requested assistance after confirming that some Nigerians were willing to return home.