Germany Plans to Deport Afghan Refugees via Uzbekistan

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.17 - 2024 9:55 AM CET

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Germany is discussing a migration agreement with Uzbekistan to deport Afghan asylum seekers.

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Germany is currently negotiating a migration pact with Uzbekistan that would allow Berlin to deport Afghan asylum seekers to Uzbekistan, facilitating their subsequent return to Afghanistan.

This approach enables Germany to manage the issue without direct involvement with Afghanistan's Taliban regime.

Details of the Proposed Pact

According to Bloomberg, informed sources reveal that in late May, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser dispatched officials to Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital, to discuss the migration and deportation agreement.

Under this plan, Uzbekistan would accept a limited number of Afghan asylum seekers who have been denied asylum in Germany.

These individuals would then be transported to Afghanistan via a private airline offering flights to Kabul.

Uzbek authorities are considering the proposal but are seeking provisions in the pact that would also allow for the legal migration of skilled workers from Uzbekistan to Germany.

Such an arrangement would mutually benefit both countries: Germany would address its need for skilled labor, while Uzbekistan would gain opportunities for its citizens to migrate legally.

Joachim Stamp, Germany's special representative on migration agreements, is scheduled to travel to Uzbekistan for further negotiations.

Context and Recent Incidents

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has expressed support for deporting individuals who commit serious crimes to countries with challenging security situations, such as Afghanistan and Syria.

This stance follows several violent incidents involving individuals from Afghanistan, which have heightened public concern:

  • On June 14, a 27-year-old Afghan man attacked multiple people with a knife in Volmirstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, resulting in one fatality.

  • On June 11, an Afghan man injured a 41-year-old Ukrainian woman with a knife in Frankfurt-on-Main.

  • On May 31, during an anti-Islamic rally in Mannheim, a man attacked members of the Pax Europa civil movement with a knife, injuring several people, including a law enforcement officer.