Fifth group of rejected Afghan asylum seekers deported from Germany

Published April 25th, 2017 - 01:00 GMT
People take part in a demonstration against the deportation of some 50 Afghan refugees from Munich airport, southern Germany, on February 22, 2017. (AFP/Matthias Balk)
People take part in a demonstration against the deportation of some 50 Afghan refugees from Munich airport, southern Germany, on February 22, 2017. (AFP/Matthias Balk)

A charter plane carrying 14 rejected Afghan asylum seekers arrived in Kabul on Tuesday morning, in what is the fifth group deportation from Germany since December of last year.

Tuesday's 14 deportees mean that 107 Afghan asylum seekers in total have now been sent back to Afghanistan from Germany, since Berlin and Kabul agreed on a deportation deal in October. 

Among those deported was Javid Noori, 32, who has been deported from Germany twice, first in 2009, and then again this year. 

"I was a baby when I went to Germany first," Javid Noori told dpa adding that he will try to return to Germany, as "life in a country at war is not familiar to me."

Javid was involved in a minor argument some 10 years ago in Germany and he wasn't in jail at anytime, but says he was assigned "three of the tallest and fittest officers on his flight back."

"Look at you, where do you think I am going to go?" he asked the officers on the flight. One officer retorted back saying, "look at your case history."

Noori believes Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is at fault for signing the deal that paved the way for the rejected asylum seekers to be forcibly removed.

"Now that he has gotten us here, he needs to tell us what to do," Noori said.

Another rejected asylum seeker, Obaidullah Disan, from Afghanistan's restive eastern Kunar province, said that there were five German officers assigned to each deportee on the plane. 

Disan, who lived in Germany for seven years, said he was picked up from where he was working at a fast food restaurant in Munich by four police officers, before being put in a detention centre for three days and then deported to Afghanistan. 

"I don't know what to do here, what have I come to and what my future will be," Disan said, while waiting for family members to arrive. 

His family was only notified Monday night by Disan that he was coming, he said. 

Sibghatullah Rahmani, originally from central Kapisa province was also on the returning plane. He arrived in Germany at the beginning of 2015.

"Afghanistan is not secure for any citizen," he said, also blaming the Afghan president for going forward with the deportation agreement. 

Germany deems pockets of Afghanistan secure and therefore justifies returning the rejected asylum seekers to the safe zones. 

According to the Afghan Interior Ministry, some 11,900 Afghans are living in Germany, though their asylum requests have been denied. Some 10,300 of them have been granted tolerated residence status.

By Mohammad Jawad


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