(MENAFN) An Algerian official said on Monday that his country has assigned USD20 million to handle immigration, in particular in response to recent pressure on its southern borders.
In an interview with the government radio station, the director of immigration at the Algerian interior ministry, Hassan Qasimi, said that "the government has allocated USD20 million to face the waves of illegal immigrants who are flowing towards the southern borders on a daily basis and threatening the Algerian security and stability."
He clarified that the decision was made by the government on 29 March, "and during which important decisions have been taken to secure the Algerian southern borders and to provide human possibilities to take care of immigrants who are fleeing their countries for social or other reasons."
Qasimi went on, "Algeria receives an average of 500 immigrants a day on the southern borders, especially in the two provinces of Adrar and Tamanrasset which border Niger and Mali, with the help of smuggling networks."
It's worth noting that Algeria has started, in stages, the deportation of African immigrants from Niger and Mali, since mid-2014, in particular, in coordination with the two countries' authorities.