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“The conditions of my forced repatriation were terrible. I was separated from my family. ” Tchambi, former irregular migrant

N’donkeu Tchambi, a 34-year-old Cameroonian, spent eight years of his life in an irregular migration adventure that took him successively to Nigeria, Niger, Algeria, Morocco and Spain. Settled in Niamey as a refugee after being deported, he shares in this second part, his journey in Europe and his new life.

After entering illegally in Spain through Morocco in 2011, N’donkeu Tchambi went to Belgium to squat at a childhood friend’s.

However, the break was very short because N’donkeu was sent back to Spain where his asylum application was refused.

He then headed towards France where he spent four years in Bordeaux. 

“I received a nine-month training to join the Legion of Honor, but I was rejected for health reasons. Then I did masonry, piping, etc. ” he explains.

N’donkeu met his soulmate with whom he had a child. However, he was deported on 23 March 2019.”The conditions for my enforced return were terrible. I was separated from my family, ” he says.

On his return to Niger in July 2019 where he has a refugee status, he is conducting a new asylum application procedure in France for a legal family reunification.

Today, this former migrant, who has become aware of the dangers of irregular travel, raises awareness among other young people about this very dangerous journey and gives them advice on how to succeed in their native country. “Young people need to know that there are many obstacles during this crossing. Instead of spending a lot of money to put your life in danger, it is better to stay in your country and start an income-generating activity. With a little effort and patience, this activity could allow them to legally go to Europe later,” he advises.

TMP Enroute 21/08/2019