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AAN in the Media

Is it safe for Europe to force Afghan migrants to return home?

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Christian Science Monitor, and MSN News 31 December 2018

Quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this article – who thinks the headline should better read ‘Is it safe at home for forced Afghans?’The article itself correctly mentions “questions about the ethics of sending migrants back to an active war zone.”

The article is behind a pay wall but can be found in full length here:

Critics of the EU repatriation deal abound, noting that some migrants from Germany, for example, were plucked off the street or even from their jobs with no notice.

“On one flight I found a guy from Paktia [Province] who still had on the jacket of the security firm where he worked in Germany, and was not allowed to pack anything,” says Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul.

That returnee had a job, paid his taxes in Germany, had an apartment, and even had a car that was left parked on the side of the road – and he was not the only one apparently picked up by authorities to meet a quota, says Mr. Ruttig.

“It is violating German law, or at least bending German law, and it’s violating international duties of protection,” says Ruttig, a German citizen. “These are broken lives, often already broken lives when they arrive in our countries. But also the way they are treated makes the situation worse.”