Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer | Photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Kappeler
Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer | Photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Kappeler

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has reiterated his demand that all Afghans obliged to leave the country shall be deported to Afghanistan. Right now, only criminal offenders and people who disguised their identity can be sent back to the country.

Ahead of a meeting of state interior ministers, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has renewed his request that all Afghans obliged to leave the country are to be deported to Afghanistan. He will be presenting this proposal on June 12, to be discussed with the interior ministers of Germany's 16 states.

Seehofer’s request states that repatriations should no longer be limited to three groups of people: criminal offenders, persons posing a threat to public safety (“Gefährder”) and those who "disguise" their identities (“Identitätsfälscher”).

Citing the foreign ministry’s situation report on Afghanistan, Seehofer believes that general repatriations of all rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan should once again be possible, as the Catholic news agency KNA reports.

State governments led by the social democrats, however, have diverging opinions about the proposed resolution by the interior ministry and oppose general deportations to Afghanistan. 

Last fall, the states governed by social democrats contested there were sufficiently safe regions in Afghanistan to also deport “families with children”

Currently, seven out of 16 state interior ministries are governed by social democrats while the remaining nine are led by the conservative CDU/CSU parties. 

Deportation stop to Syria?

At next week's meeting, another bone of contention is the upcoming extension of the current ban on deportations to Syria, due at the end of this month.

In the current governing coalition, the conservative sister parties CDU/CSU want to extend the ban by six months, while the Social Democrats SPD call for an extension of at least one year.

According to the proposed resolution, the conservatives want to call on Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) to look for “pacified areas” in Syria. The goal is to deport Syrians there who have committed an offense, if need be via third-state countries.

With material from the German news agency KNA


 

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