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The US Department of Internal Safety announced Friday by communiqué that the United States now granted the status of "temporary protection" to Cameroonian nationals settled in their territory. This status, valid 18 months, offers the possibility for Cameroonian nationals, arrived in the United States from April 14, to apply for political asylum. It is also recognition, for Washington, of the severity of the security situation in Cameroon.

"The United States recognizes the armed conflict in Cameroon," says Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary for Internal Security. In his communiqué, he evokes the different types of "extreme violence" today the Cameroonians, perpetrated by the separatist armed groups, by the terrorists of Boko Haram, but also by the government armed forces.

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The United States grants temporary protection status in three cases: environmental disasters, armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions. These last two cases were selected for Cameroon.

This decision comes after several months of advocacy from human rights NGOs. In early February, Human Rights Watch published a report entitled "How can you send us back" on the fate of Cameroon deported by the United States. It details, among other things, they have suffered on their return.

Despite the degradation of the security situation in Cameroon, during the Trump administration, the US courts have continued to reduce the number of Asylums granted to Cameroonian applicants, who dropped by 24% between 2019 and 2020.

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