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Germany discusses deporting Afghans via Uzbekistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Germany’s government is in talks with Uzbekistan to enable deportations from Germany to Afghanistan without consulting the Taliban, according to a report in Der Spiegel on Sunday.

A delegation from Germany’s interior ministry traveled to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, in late May for this purpose, the magazine reported.

The delegation proposed that Afghan deportation candidates be brought to Tashkent. From there, the report said they could be flown to Kabul using the private airline KamAir.

Earlier in June, Germany’s interior minister Nancy Faeser said the country was considering deporting Afghan migrants who posed a security threat. This consideration followed a deadly stabbing of a police officer, which led to calls for tougher migration policies.

The Uzbek government, however, wants to sign a formal migration agreement with Germany before agreeing to any deportations, according to the Spiegel report.

This agreement would regulate the entry of Uzbek skilled workers into Germany. Berlin’s special representative for migration agreements is set to travel to Uzbekistan next week to discuss this, Spiegel noted.

A week ago, the Taliban officials urged Germany to address the deportation issue through normal consular channels rather than sending Afghans to a third country.

The talks with Uzbekistan reflect Germany’s efforts to manage migration and security concerns in light of recent events.

As Germany continues to navigate this complex situation, the focus remains on balancing national security and humane migration practices.

The situation for Afghan migrants is dire due to catastrophic events. Deadly floods and prolonged droughts have devastated the country, causing significant loss of life, home destruction, and severe food and water shortages.

Additionally, a lack of amenities and funding shortages from aid agencies have worsened the crisis. Funding cuts have reduced international organizations’ capacity to provide essential services, leaving Afghan migrants without the necessary support to rebuild their lives.

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