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Swiss pay SFr50,000 after Nigerian’s death

The Federal Migration Office has paid out SFr50,000 ($43,500) to the family of a Nigerian asylum seeker who died while being deported from the country.

A report on the sum in the Sonntag newspaper was confirmed by the Migration Office on Sunday.

Earlier this month a spokeswoman said a payment was being made as a “humanitarian gesture” towards the family. The sum, previously not disclosed, was to help to pay for the funeral costs.

The 29-year-old Nigerian, a convicted drug dealer, died at Zurich airport in March. He had refused to leave the country and was on hunger strike.

His death resulted in all deportation flights being temporarily suspended. On May 21 they were resumed, with extra medical supervision, except those to Nigeria.

The Migration Office has said these flights will not start again until the cause of death of the Nigerian asylum seeker is known.

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