ALGIERS, 25 March 2021 – Algeria has committed to strengthen cooperation on police, migration, and judicial matters with Switzerland.
The pledge came Wednesday during a working meeting to Algiers of Switzerland’s head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), Karin Keller-Sutter, and Algeria’s interior minister, Kamel Beldjoud.
The head (minister) of the FDJP, who was on the first such visit of an official of his rank in several decades, was also received by the Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune.
Switzerland seeks to accelerate the removal from the Swiss territory of Algerians in an irregular or in an illegal situation.
The high number of Algerians who were already awaiting removal from Switzerland has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic during which Algeria’s international borders have been closed since March 2020.
Algeria is an important transit and destination country on the migration routes from sub-Saharan Africa, and so has to deal with large numbers of migrants.
The two countries agreed to seek practical solutions to better organize the repatriation of people in an irregular situation.
Switzerland claims to fund projects for the reintegration of Algerian returnees as well as projects for the reintegration of migrants who “voluntarily” return to Niger and Mali.