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Peru sets up program to expel Nigerians ‘who misbehave’

President of Peru Pedro Castillo announced the launch of a campaign on Thursday to deport foreigners “who have misbehaved” from the nation.

In order to “fight citizen insecurity,” Castillo had stated on August 10 that the government would submit a bill to Congress that would expand the grounds for expelling immigrants who commit crimes in the nation.

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The new conditions would have factors like not having a COVID-19 vaccination and not having a valid ID.

Expulsion of immigrants caught in possession of illegal weapons, explosives, or drugs, as well as those found operating vehicles without the necessary licenses or ownership documentation, is another goal of the proposal.

The “Return to your country” program, Castillo said Thursday, seeks “the return of citizens who have come from other countries and who have misbehaved in our country.”

The Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office condemned the measure, saying that it criminalizes the migrant population. On its Twitter account, the agency urged Congress not to pass it.

“The bill criminalizes irregular migration and affects the dignity of refugees and migrants. The proposed reasons for expulsion do not have a vision of the situation of foreigners in the country and of barriers to access the process of immigration regularization,” it said.

Although the president did not mention a specific population, the measures would mostly affect the 1.3 million Venezuelans who have fled their country in search of better opportunities in Peru.

“I appreciate the willingness of the Venezuelan Embassy and other embassies with which we have been coordinating,” the president said on his Twitter account.

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