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On the 17-18 of February, a weekend of protests will take place across some major cities in Europe against the deportation of asylum seekers from Europe to Afghanistan.

“The percentage of granted asylums to Afghans in European Union differs strongly between the different members states. Some countries won’t protect almost anyone (Hungary accepts a shocking 7.4% of Afghan refugee status claims), others are doing slightly better. But the EU countries have proven to be unwilling to protect Afghans, as the EU pressured Afghanistan to take back their people, under the threat of stopping all financial aid to the country.

The stories of deported Afghans will most likely never reach our national media, but numerous human rights organizations, such as Amnesty, have reported multiple killings of deported people, when they arrived “home”. Even now these people have proven to be in danger, our governments continue to send back the people searching for protection in the EU. 3260 people were send back in 2015. In 2016, the number almost tripled, as 9460 people were deported.”

Despite the extremely volatile situation, European governments increasingly are denying asylum requests for Afghan refugees and continue to deport people back to the country.

The readmission agreement concluded on the 5th October 2016 between Afghanistan and the European Union (see here and there) aimed to systematize and facilitate deportations to Afghanistan.

France didn’t deport people directly to Afghanistan since 2009 -although they did deportations to 2nd countries, mostly where fingerprints had been taken, that did then end up in deportations to Afghanistan, as you can read here.

They started again in 2017.

 

Here the list of demos planned for the 17-18 of February in different european cities.

 

PHILO MAFALDA AINSI VA LE MONDE[BD].indd.pdf

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