The risk to any young man sent back to Algeria is enormous. Those avoiding military service because they don't want to kill their compatriots have "disappeared" in police custody. Those who have completed theirs suffer reprisals from Muslim terrorists. No one knows what has happened to many of those who have already been forcibly repatriated.
I have come to know a number of Algerians over the past two years through visiting them in detention. They have strong family ties and miss their culture and way of life. All they want is the chance to stay here until it is reasonably safe to return. They are willing to work at the most menial jobs in order to support themselves and their friends. They do not want to depend on state benefits.
Detainees from Zaire have now mostly been released from detention. No doubt many will soon choose to return to make a fresh start in their country. I hope the new Home Secretary will see his way to ending months of agonising uncertainty by giving the same rights to the Algerians.