France to grant asylum to Niger, Chad migrants

2017-10-10 06:00
French President Emmanuel Macron. (Pascal Lachenaud, AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron. (Pascal Lachenaud, AFP)

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Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron says that the first operations to allow migrants to come legally to France from Niger and Chad will start in the coming weeks.

Macron said upcoming missions will be led by France's refugee protection office, following a meeting on Monday with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi at the Elysee Palace.

In a Paris summit in August, leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain agreed to carry out "protection missions" in the African nations in co-operation with the United Nations' refugee and migration agencies.

The process would allow vulnerable migrants to be granted asylum and come legally to Europe if they are on an eligibility list provided by the UN refugee agency and registered with authorities in Niger and Chad.

Read more on:    france  |  tunisia  |  niger  |  chad  |  west africa  |  migrants  |  north africa

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