The Interior Ministry has stopped all deportations from Afghanistan. A bad decision with serious consequences, comments Merkur politics editor Christian Deutschländer.
Munich – Our asylum bureaucracy has developed a serious list since 2015 and has not yet completely overcome it. Too often the wrong people are deported, torn from the middle of successful integration; Those who abuse our right to asylum, on the other hand, stay in the country for a long time. The Federal Minister of the Interior’s decision on Afghanistan fits in with this. Seehofer stops all deportations. That may sound logical in view of the gloomy security situation, and very humane. But one fact should be looked in the face: It is about a few repatriations, a good 1000 since 2016, and almost exclusively about serious violent criminals.
Germany can and should continue to deport serious criminals – and only them
Yes, Germany saves local Bundeswehr personnel from the country from the Taliban – that’s a good thing! Yes, over a quarter of a million Afghans have found safety in this country. But: The very small part of them who commit massive and repeated crimes that tramples our legal system has forfeited their right to protection. Germany can and should continue to deport serious criminals – and only them. Seehofer should not have given in, he would have better explained this differentiation, which is so gladly forgotten in red-green debates.
It may be that the next minister would have made the same decision. But the signaling effect of the deportation stop is bitter, it gnaws at the social acceptance of our right to asylum. Incidentally, this is also a foreign policy declaration of bankruptcy: after 20 years of service, the West leaves an Afghanistan to which it no longer dares to send even the most serious criminals back.
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