UN Begins Flying Migrants from Africa to Germany for 'Refugee Resettlement'
United Nations' charter flights start landing in German airports carrying Somali migrants
The United Nations has started flying migrants from Africa to Germany on charter flights as part of its new "refugee resettlement" program.
The UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced the "first-ever" flights to begin transporting migrants from Somalia directly into German airports ready for "resettlement."
IOM revealed that additional flights have already scheduled.
Last week, IOM Ethiopia’s twitter account proudly posted a video showing 154 Somali migrants arriving at Kassel airport in the federal state of Hesse.
“It happened! In FIRST EVER UN Migration international chartered flight from Ethiopia, 154 refugees departed from Addis Ababa to Kassel Germany under the German Resettlement program,” the group said in a tweet.
“A second flight is scheduled to depart mid-November with another 220 refugees.”
IOM Special Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia also released a press release describing the first group of migrants who are being "resettled" while outlining the wider scheme.
The press release states: “The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ethiopia organized on Tuesday its first international charter flight carrying 154 Somali refugees to be resettled in Germany.
"The group had been residing in Jijiga and Dolo Ado refugee camps in southern Ethiopia.
"They included 63 males and 91 females, 47 of whom are minors.”
“IOM has supported the German Resettlement Programme in their efforts to resettle 500 refugees living in Ethiopia to Germany since March.
"These efforts are closely coordinated with the Ethiopian Government’s Agency for Refugees and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Federal Government of Germany.”
It happened!🛫— IOM Ethiopia (@IOMEthiopia) October 15, 2019
In FIRST EVER @UNmigration international chartered flight from #Ethiopia, 154 #refugees departed from Addis Ababa to Kassel #Germany under the German #Resettlement program. A second flight is scheduled to depart mid-November with another 220 refugees. pic.twitter.com/OAIfEdypNh
“An additional 220 refugees will depart for Germany on a second IOM-chartered flight in mid-November,” the press release also notes.
Milun Jovanovic, IOM Ethiopia's operations officer, said in a statement: “It is important that we facilitate the smooth resettlement of refugees by providing safe transportation.”
“We are happy that refugees enjoyed this facilitated charter flight from departure to destination, with no hassles faced,” Jovanovic adds.
Last year, after submitting an information request to the Federal Government, Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) MP Leif-Erik Holm found that nearly 30 percent of "asylum-seekers" had arrived in Germany via plane, Junge Freiheit reports.
With the United Nation’s "Refugee Resettlement" flights now officially shuttling directly from Africa into Germany, that 30 percent figure is likely to expand drastically.