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Kabul’s flawed response to Berlin

Afghanistan in a controversial nod, will take back all its citizens to be deported from Germany, as Berlin is struggling to accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants who have arrived in the European country. The nod by the Afghan government is controversial. The government earned sharp criticism from the Senate (Meshrano Jirga) while the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has already showed its incompetence to deal with the deportations of the asylum seekers. The ministry had called on European countries not to deport the Afghan asylum seekers. Currently, Afghans make up the second largest nationality after Syrians, swarming Europe. Last week, a UNCHR report revealed that nearly 120,000 Afghans have left their home country, legally and illegally. Nearly 90,000 Afghan citizens have returned from Pakistan since January of 2015. Most of them were undocumented Afghan refugees. The government lacks the resources to re-accommodate yet it is nodding to accept the asylum-seekers back. Does the government take the fallouts of the return of the asylum seekers? What kind of preparations it has done? When the government is unable to deal the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those affected by natural disasters like floods and earthquakes, is it sanity to accept the potentially deported asylum seekers back? There are already 700,000 IDPs. Some of them have been displaced for two times, first from their native areas and for second time where they had sought refuge as insecurity is spreading to even those areas which were once considered to be relatively secure. The International Organization of Migration says more than 76,000 Afghans have migrated to Europe so far in 2015. And if most or half of them are deported, will the government be in a position to successfully tackle their deportations? The government must tell the international community, the Senate of the Parliament, how it will deal the issue? If it lacks the resources, it must seek assistance from the international community. Accepting them back just to be thrown away the next day is no policy and no acceptance. Such an approach will leave serious implications on the already fragile security situation. Moreover, Germany, which is a longtime contributor to international troops in Afghanistan and with currently 944 troops in NATO’s support and training mission here, should review its decision of deporting the Afghan asylum-seekers. The Afghan asylum seekers have risked their lives, sold their hard-earned properties and if they are sent back, the next day they will be paupers. At the end of the day they will join hands with militants and the security deterioration will increase to a horrific level. Yes, there is one way out and this is if the Germany’s embassy takes it upon itself and arrange something for those likely be deported from Germany, then chances are that their troubles will be lessened up to some extent. And if the matter is left to the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, then they are destined to face yet another phase of troubles. Germany looks determined on its decision of deporting the Afghan asylum seekers, therefore, it is unlikely to review its decision as last week Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maiziere complained of an unacceptable influx of Afghans from relatively safe areas of Afghanistan, therefore he warned that many of them would have to go back home, however at least Germany’s embassy must come into movement.

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