A special flight from Germany sent back 125 deported Afghans to Kabul. This reflects and indicates that the Berlin Government is taking steps to trim down the number of Afghan asylum seekers. The country is struggling to bring the refugee crisis under control.
Apparently, Angela Markel’s government wants to send a strong signal to Afghan asylum seekers, as it is concerned about the reports that thousands of Afghans may be on their way to Germany, as reported by The Telegraph. The news followed within two weeks of Germany’s announcement that the country had put plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan due to the deterioration in security situation there.
Afghans are Germany’s second largest group of asylum seekers after Syria. Interior Minister of Germany on his visit to Afghanistan said that the country had promised to continue to provide security support, if the influx of refugees stop. The Federal Office for Migrations and Refugees (BAMF) registered that the number of Afghan asylum seekers went up to 150,000 last year. It was 9,700 in 2014.
German officials, on the other hand, reported that those arriving to Kabul left Germany voluntarily. Mrs. Markel’s government also believes that Afghan asylum seekers flocking to Europe are not genuine refugees. According to the government they have come for economic reasons.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that sending back the Afghans was part of the commitment to rebuild the country, reported BBC. The minister said, “This is also key to a successful fight against the root cause of people fleeing.”
Recently, reports came that around 8000 migrants were trapped in the northern border of Greece and at the port of Piraeus after Macedonia closed its border to them. However, the Macedonians were only giving access to Syrians and Iraqis. Macedonia stated that the decision was a response to actions taken by other countries.
Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki said, “Decisions have been made in Croatia and Serbia to let no more Afghans over their borders who cannot prove they come from conflict areas.”
According to the grapevine, the decision followed after Austria imposed the limitation of 80 asylum seekers per day for people arriving on its southern borders.
At presently in Germany, there are around 7000 rejected asylum seekers who need to renew their status regularly. They are also not allowed to work in the country.