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Mogadishu declared safe for asylum seekers, says minister

Monday 17 December 2012

The security situation in the Somalian capital Mogadishu has improved so much, failed asylum seekers can be sent back without any danger, junior immigration minister Fred Teeven told parliament in a briefing on Monday.

The government had stopped deporting Somali nationals because of the fighting around Mogadishu, which made it impossible to move through the city to rural areas.

Countries such as Germany, Sweden and Belgium have also resumed sending Somalis back to their country of origin, the minister said.

Somalis who refuse to return voluntarily, may now be detained in secure centres, Teeven said. However, no-one will actually be sent back to Somalia until parliament has had its say on the new situation, the minister's briefing stated.

Dozens of Somalis have been involved in recent protests by failed asylum seekers, arguing it is too dangerous for them to return.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I'm delighted for the Somalis, they can now all go home and help rebuild their own country.

By Unknownunknowns | 17 December 2012 6:52 PM

Maybe Fred Teeven would like to take a holiday in Mogadishu?If its that safe why not?I will even pay for his flight and 2 star accomodation for two weeks.

By jason buttle | 17 December 2012 7:48 PM

i am so glad to hier that my homeland somalia it's save, ofcourse if mogadishu is aproved that its savety, failed asylum should be returned as well as temporary permit resindent holders, thanks to god that make our dream come true , God bless mogadishu

By elbir hassan | 17 December 2012 8:16 PM

Its good news for all Somalis including me to hear that their country is recovering from the war wounds much better than expected before. To be sure, many Somalis are tired of hearing the bad news that they hear all the time from their homeland. " GO EAST GO WEST HOMELAND IS THE BEST"

By Ahmed | 22 December 2012 12:30 PM

Yeah it's safe now but when the AU pulls out it's going to be worse than what it was before. I keep Somalia in my prayers all the time. May God bless the Somali people. North Africa has fallen, Saudi Arabia will eventually be destroyed, North Sudan and Somalia will also be in great turmoil. The Middle East will also be rough

By Martha | 30 December 2012 4:37 AM

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