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Deported by Germany, 125 Afghan migrants land in Kabul

Deported by Germany, 125 Afghan migrants land in Kabul

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Feb 24, 2016 - 20:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok) More than 120 Afghan citizens, deported by the German government, arrived in Afghanistaninfo-icon on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

In a statement, the government said 125 Afghan nationals, duped by people smugglers, returned home from a difficult journey to Germany.

“They have now realised their future is in Afghanistan,” the statement said, adding the repatriation cost had been paid by Germany.

With cooperation from the International Organisation for Migrants (IOM), the Afghan government will extend the returnees moderate reintegration support.

In mid-December, more than 320 Afghan migrants based in Germany had applied for voluntary repatriation to their home country.

Later in the day, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere confirmed that the 125 refugees landing in Kabul and would receive some financial support.

"The voluntary return and - in case of need - financial support is of great importance," he said. "It contributes to the important task of rebuilding Afghanistan."

De Maiziere said it was important for Germany to "help people help themselves" in economically, politically and socially unstable countries.

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