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Germany launches campaign to deter Afghan refugees

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Stars and Stripes, 16 November 2015

In this article about the German government’s campaign to discourage would-be Afghan migrants from making the sometimes perilous journey to Europe, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted:

Germany’s public relations campaign in Afghanistan is part of a broader strategy to reduce the number of incoming refugees, said German researcher Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghan[istan] Analysts Network.

The argument by the government that many Afghans don’t deserve asylum ignores Germany’s own involvement in the ongoing conflict, Ruttig said.

“This is unfair, as it neglects the fact that the Afghans flee from a war that Germany, as part of an international alliance, has shown unable to stop — not unlike in the case of Syria and the Syrian refugees,” Ruttig said. “In effect, this German policy even pits Syrian against Afghan refugees, but refugees from war are entitled to protection in general.” […]

As the situation deteriorates in their country, many Afghans will likely continue to seek safety and better economic prospects in other countries, Ruttig said.

“If my government wants to tackle the causes of the flight, as it claims, it needs to invest much more into Afghanistan than a few posters and a Facebook page,” he said.