Afghan refugees in Berlin raised concerns on Friday over not having their asylum requests approved by Germany.
Afghan refugees said that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent trip to Europe was not helpful and no improvements occurred in their situation.
“My two friends went back to Afghanistan from Munich and my friend says our president said deport and deport,” one of the Afghan refugees said.
This year more than 16,700 refugees have been repatriated from Germany and many more including Afghans are facing the risk of deportation.
“My wish is I want to stay in Germany and start a new life for my family and myself and I am happy here,” said another Afghan refugee.
The vast number of refugees has become a major crisis for the EU in recent months.
However EU officials repeatedly emphasized the need for joint efforts to address their issues in this regard.
“I am very much disappointed only nine out of twenty eight member states have accepted to be part of the relocation scheme and I want to commend Germany because from the very first moment they showed the way,” said Dimitris Avramopoulos, European commissioner for migration.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s Presidential Palace emphasized that addressing the Afghan asylum requests in Europe was President Ashraf Ghani’s main focus during his recent trip to some EU nations.
“Our emphasis was always that all the Afghanistan citizens’ asylum requests should be legally followed according to host countries’ laws and rights for refugees but the only thing we cannot interfere with is the decision that the host counties are going to take,” Ghani’s deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi said.
Among 640,000 asylum seekers in European countries by August, more than 15 percent of them are Afghan citizens.