Germany deports Afghan migrants

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TMP – 20/02/2018

A total of 19 Afghan migrants whose asylum claims were rejected in Germany were deported back to Afghanistan on 24 January, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said.

A spokeswoman for the IOM, who greeted the group at Kabul International Airport, told AFP news agency that most of the migrants were young men, many of whom have grown up outside of Afghanistan.

Some of the men stand accused of crimes related to the sexual abuse of children, rape, robbery and drug offences and were therefore not granted asylum.

The deportations come amid high tensions in Afghanistan. However, Germany says it is safe to return rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan and since December 2016, 155 Afghans have been deported from Germany to Afghanistan.

In addition, more than 14,000 Afghans are obliged to leave the country because their asylum applications were denied, according to Germany’s migration ministry.