The Taliban have captured large parts of Afghanistan. “Many people will try to leave the country,” says Chancellor Angela Merkel. What does that mean for Germany?
Munich – Almost 5,000 kilometers from Germany, there is currently an absolutely exceptional situation. The Taliban have conquered large parts of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul. The situation on the ground is precarious and thousands are trying to flee in a panic. Also in the direction of Germany?
Afghanistan: Merkel expects the number of refugees to rise
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is already expecting a growing number of refugees. “Many people will try to leave the country,” said Merkel, according to information from the AFP news agency on Monday in a meeting of the CDU party committees. The German government will work closely with the neighboring countries of Afghanistan: “We should do everything we can to help the countries to support the refugees,” Merkel was quoted as saying. “The subject will keep us busy for a long time.”
The Federal Ministry of the Interior is also preparing for an increasing number of refugees from Afghanistan. “You have to expect that people will set in motion, also in the direction of Europe,” said Federal Interior Minister Hors Seehofer Augsburger Allgemeine. He did not give a specific number.
Afghanistan: BaWü takes in refugees – Ziemiak “does not want to repeat” 2015
Regardless of the number, Baden-Württemberg will take in Afghan refugees. The federal state wants to bring local workers and their relatives to it. “The pictures from Afghanistan are shocking,” said Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) on Monday. “The state of Baden-Württemberg is of course ready to support and will take in people from Afghanistan.”
Julia Klöckner and other CDU politicians have meanwhile warned of a large influx of refugees from Afghanistan to Germany. They referred to the neighboring countries of Afghanistan as the first destination for refugees – even if the focus was initially primarily on the dramatic scenes at Kabul airport. “We will not be able to solve the question of Afghanistan by migrating to Germany,” said General Secretary Paul Ziemiak on Monday RTL and n-tv. With a view to the influx of numerous refugees from Syria six years ago, Ziemiak said: “It is also clear to us that 2015 must not be repeated.”
Afghanistan: Laschet against acceptance of refugees
Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet called for the refugees in the region around Afghanistan to be looked after. The EU must “work to ensure that aid has priority there,” wrote the CDU leader on Twitter. “Most of the people will flee to neighboring countries.” Two weeks ago, Laschet had called for continued deportations to Afghanistan – and received heavy criticism for this. On Monday, Laschet spoke out in favor of rapid transatlantic and European cooperation in rescuing EU citizens from Afghanistan. The EU foreign ministers should unite quickly so that EU citizens can come out of the country.
In addition, Laschet rejected a general promise from Germany to accept Afghan refugees. “I believe that we shouldn’t send out the signal now that Germany can basically take in everyone who is now in need,” he said after deliberations between the presidium and the national executive committee of his party. “The focus must be on providing humanitarian aid on site, now this time in good time – unlike in 2015.”
Laschet emphasized with regard to the flow of refugees to Germany at the time: “We must not repeat the mistakes of 2015.” These had started with the lack of humanitarian protection in the refugee camps of the UN refugee commissioner. What is needed now is a “humanitarian effort. In 2015, hundreds of thousands of migrants entered Germany largely uncontrolled.
Afghanistan: AfD boss Meuthen for taking in local staff and relatives
AfD co-boss Jörg Meuthen has meanwhile spoken out in favor of accepting local Afghan workers and their relatives in Germany. “Yes, we have a moral duty to save those Afghans who worked for us directly and are now in extreme danger,” Meuthen wrote on Monday on Facebook. Of course, this also applies to their relatives, who would otherwise be “tortured, abused and killed” by the Taliban. Afghans who had campaigned for the German mission should be able to “come to Germany because of the failure of the West”.
AfD top candidate and parliamentary group leader Alice Weidel also commented on Facebook. She did not go into the subject of local staff. With a view to a possible refugee movement, Weidel called for the right to asylum to be suspended. A wave of migrants from Afghanistan is imminent. Germany is far from being able to cope with “the negative effects of the opening of the border in 2015”. “We must first think of the security of German citizens. The right of asylum must therefore be suspended, the borders must be protected and migrants without an entry permit must be turned away, ”Weidel wrote. (as with material from dpa / afp)
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