A plane at Frankfurt airport believed to be preparing for a deportation flight to Kabul, December 2016 | Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa/B. Roessler
A plane at Frankfurt airport believed to be preparing for a deportation flight to Kabul, December 2016 | Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa/B. Roessler

The deportation of 36 Afghan asylum seekers from Germany has been met with criticism amid the deteriorating security situation in their home country. The Afghans arrived in Kabul Thursday morning.

A group of 36 rejected Afghan asylum seekers who were deported from Germany on Wednesday arrived in Kabul on Thursday, Afghan airport officials said.

According to the officials, the flight landed around 8 a.m. local time in Kabul. It marked the 29th deportation flight from Germany that has landed in Afghanistan since December 2016.

In those three years, a total of 756 rejected Afghan asylum seekers were sent back to their home country.

Deportations draw criticism

The deportations are highly controversial in Germany, with critics saying the war-torn country is too dangerous to send asylum seekers back.

German pro-immigration advocacy organization Pro Asyl harshly criticized the continuation of the collective deportations.

“The brutal carrying out of the monthly deportation flights leaves us stunned,” Pro Asyl managing director Günter Burkhardt said on Wednesday.

'Unprecedented' violence against Afghan civilians

Almost daily attacks from the Taliban and Islamic militants are taking a toll on civilians in the country.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has documented over 2,500 civilians dead and more than 5,600 wounded in the first nine months of the year.

According to UNAMA, close to 1,200 people died and over 3,100 were injured from July through September. That’s a 42% increase compared to the same 3-month period in 2018, UNAMA said in a report from October.

With material from dpa, KNA

 

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