Young Afghans deported from Germany CELEBRATE as the 34 men – including convicted killers and rapists – arrive back at Kabul, saying: ‘I love my country!’
- The plane carrying the deportees landed in Kabul at around 5am today
- All of the 34 Afghans who were deported are young men without families
- About a third of the men had been convicted of crimes in Germany
- Crimes included rape, manslaughter, assault and drug offences
By Hannah Al-othman For Mailonline
Published: 12:49, 15 December 2016
A group of 34 Afghan asylum seekers – including rapists and killers – who returned home today after being deported from Germany said they were happy to be home.
One of the group, 22-year-old Matiiullah Azizi from Kabul who spent seven years in Frankfurt, said he was glad to be back.
‘I love Afghanistan, it’s my country,’ he said.
The move to deport the men – a third of whom had committed criminal offences – was made possible after a recent Afghan-Germany deal to stem the influx into the European country.
The memorandum of understanding that Berlin and Kabul recently signed is part of Germany’s efforts – after allowing in 890,000 migrants last year – to manage the influx.
‘Such deportations are justified and important for our asylum system to function,’ he said.
But Afghans fell somewhere in the middle, with some areas of the country, like the Kabul area for example, considered safe, and some not.
Until now, few were deported with many instead being convinced to go home voluntarily with financial incentives.
Some 12,500 Afghans in Germany have been ordered to leave the country.
German officials said the deportation was considered a successful pilot project, and was part of a Europe-wide initiative to begin returning Afghans whose asylum had been rejected.
The EU recently also signed an agreement with Afghanistan that mirrors the German agreement, and Sweden deported a dozen Afghans earlier this week.
In turn, German authorities accelerated the expulsion of unlikely candidates for asylum, such as people seeking to escape poverty in the Balkans.
At the Kabul airport on Thursday, some deportees – such as 24-year-old Mohammad Khan who said he had spent 10,000 euros to get to Europe and had lived in Germany for almost six years – complained over the behaviour of the German police.
‘Two days ago, two policemen came to my home and said, `Let’s go on a picnic,’ and took me to the deportation centre,’ he said.
‘The next day, I was brought to the Frankfurt Airport.
Bitter about his fate, Khan said that if he can’t find a job, he would join the Taliban.
Afghan ministry of repatriation’s media adviser Hafiz Ahmad Meyakhil defended the deportation, saying it was done under a proper agreement and according to law.
‘The Afghan government has the obligation to provide shelter and better life for its citizens,’ Meyakhil said, but warned that as long as there is instability in Afghanistan, European counties need to brace for a further influx.
‘We also have 92,000 internally displaced this year from the fighting in our country,’ he added.
‘Syrian refugees have more of a chance than Afghans,’ said Ali Hussain, 22, who was deported from the city of Dortmund.