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Germany: The Federal Foreign Office also expects the number of Afghan migrants to rise

Berlin - The Federal Foreign Office has warned of an increasing number of Afghan migrants in Germany as well. "It is naive to believe that the advance of the Taliban and the violence in the war region have no consequences for migration policy," said the State Minister in the Foreign Office, Niels Annen (SPD), in the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe on Thursday. The Taliban offensive and its consequences would induce even more people to flee than in previous years.

"We will also feel the effects in Germany, even if not in the coming weeks," added Annen. Germany is "an attractive destination country" for Afghans. This also has to do with the fact that there is already a large Afghan community in this country. Hundreds of thousands of migrants made their way mainly to Kabul or the neighboring states of Iran and Pakistan. "Here the international community must help to provide the best possible care for the refugees on site in neighboring countries and in the safe regions of Afghanistan," added the SPD politician.

Development aid worker Sybille Schnehage had previously warned of a wave of migration of several million Afghans to Europe. “One can assume that up to three million Afghans will be making their way to Europe in the foreseeable future.” Schnehage, who founded the humanitarian aid project Katachel for Afghanistan, said that Afghans would rather come to Germany than, for example, the Islamic one Saudi Arabia.

Federal Ministry of the Interior suspends deportations
The Federal Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday that it would not deport Afghans for the time being due to the current security situation. "As soon as the situation permits, criminals and those threatening them will be deported back to Afghanistan." At the beginning of the week, the Ministry of the Interior canceled a deportation flight to Afghanistan at short notice.

Actually, six migrants were supposed to be brought from Munich to Kabul on Tuesday evening last week. Due to explosions in the Afghan capital that day, the authorities postponed the departure of the men, including criminals, as a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior reported.

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