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Deportation of Afghan Immigrants in Europe

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Kevin Woods, Staff Writer

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Many Afghan immigrants were denied asylum in European countries like Norway, England, and Germany. After being denied asylum, many stayed in those countries illegally, fearing that if they returned to Afghanistan, they would be killed. Shams Ahadi, a 24 year old Afghan ex-policeman, stated that he “had left Afghanistan after the Taliban blew up his house in the province of Ghazni, killing his father, and that his family had fled to Iran”. Returning to Afghanistan is dangerous in two ways. One, returning to a country in which the government only controls two-thirds of the land (and is in the middle of a war) is not safe. Two, finding a job in a war-torn country is no easy task. In any view, this deportation is immoral. Masood Ahmadi, an associate at the International Organization for Migration in Afghanistan, stated, “If you are coming to Afghanistan against your will, you are not ready to return. Re-integration back into society will be very difficult and forced deportations have the stigma of failure. It will encourage re-migration.” Many, like Ahadi (stated above), say that when they are deported they will come right back to Europe. It is just not safe enough, and they would rather risk their lives coming to Europe than risk their lives in their home country.

The mass deportation of Afghan immigrants is immoral. Many European countries claim that Afghanistan is safe to return to, stating that Afghan cities, like Kabul, are sufficiently safe. But the immigrants say otherwise. Many feared for their lives after hearing they were to be deported. Shams Ahadi (talked about above) explained, “I have nobody here to help me, and I have no networks to help me find a job.” Afghanistan’s unemployment rate is 40%. Returning to Afghanistan with no connections basically ensures unemployment. If this deportation continues, the EU should at least set up the deportees with housing or job options. Deporting them with no financial security is just wrong.

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