Germany announces sending back most Afghans
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a toughening of Germany’s refugee policy, German Interior Minister de Maiziere has announced that most asylum seekers from Afghanistan and "tens of thousands" from the Balkans will be sent back.
More migrants are now coming to Europe from Afghanistan than any country other than Syria, a situation what de Maiziere deemed "unacceptable."
Among them, he noted, are many members of the middle class and residents of the Afghan capital Kabul who "should remain and help build the country up”.
De Maiziere added that the Afghan government shared this view, expecting that the number of repatriations, voluntary returns and deportations would rise significantly.
The minister said around 11,000 people had been deported this year while 27,000 left voluntarily with financial support. Germany is expecting the arrival of up to a million asylum seekers this year.
According to the Afghan Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation, 80,000 Afghans, a majority of them youth, migrated to Europe this ongoing solar year.
The ministry says it has urged Germany to review its decision of sending back the Afghans, insisting that the situation in most parts of Afghanistan is not stable and those migrating to Europe were left no other choice.
The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament also on Wednesday urged Germany to reconsider the decision and avoid forcibly expelling the Afghan refugees.
Dr. Liaqat Adil, head of the All Afghanistan Federation of Trade Unions (AAFTU), expressed his deep concern over the German government’s announcement. He told Pajhwok Afghan News the country’s security and economic situation was fast deteriorating.
“Many people sold their lands for their journey to Germany in what they hope will have a better future for themselves and their families.”
Dr. Adil asked the Afghan government to take emergency measures for improving security and economy so that the youth could avoid going abroad.
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