Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, has assured Nigerians living in Austria without legal documents that their cases would be treated with due process by their host country in conjunction with the Nigerian Embassy before they may be deported.
Meanwhile, Ashiru’s assurance is coming on the heels of protests by immigrants in Austria who on Sunday began hunger strike to press for better deal.
Ashiru disclosed this on Sunday to The Guardian in a reaction to a petition written from Vienna, Austria, by a Nigerian, Uzoma Ahamefule.
Ahamefule had alleged that since the news that the minister plans to visit Austria in return for the similar diplomatic-related visit by his Austrian foreign affairs counterpart, Michael Spindelegger, to Nigeria last year June, tension has been very high among Nigerian communities in Austria.
Although there are no Nigerian key figures in the on-going protests, reports indicate that the current crop of mostly Asian agitators are on the verge of extending fellowship beyond north African citizens to Nigerian nationals who are known to constitute a good number of African immigrants in Austria, including asylum seekers.
The protests in Austria is coming ahead of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisation (UNAOC) Summit by the end of this month, as well as the Refugee Congress billed for Munich, Germany, in early March this year.
Immigrants’ rights featured prominently in the recently-held presidential elections in the United States (U.S.) and is polarising that nation as President Barrack Obama is in the process of embarking on a comprehensive immigration reform.
Legal immigration to Austria is being regulated by the rules and regulations defined by the government.