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German courts allow Afghan asylum seekers right to remain there

dpa
Berlin
Afghan asylum seekers in Germany are increasingly succeeding in their appeals to German courts to be allowed to remain in the country, according to the Interior Ministry.
Of 4,212 substantive decisions made between January and May this year, 3,203 applicants were granted protection in Germany, while 1,009 claims were rejected, the ministry told Ulla Jelpke, a Left Party lawmaker, in response to a question.
The rate means plaintiffs succeeded in some 76 percent of lawsuits involving a substantive decision.
A further 2,418 cases were resolved otherwise or concerned decisions about the responsibility of EU states for the plaintiff, in line with the Dublin regulation, which stipulates that asylum claims are to be handled by the country where migrants first entered the EU.
The latest information shows an increase in the success rate of Afghan applicants in appeals against German asylum decisions.
In the same period last year, some 55 percent of substantive claims succeeded, with the figure rising to 60 per cent for the year as a whole.
The Interior Ministry said it was still considering a call by the Afghan government to suspend deportations to the country given the increasing violence and rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
In principle, the German government is trying to continue to allow the deportation of rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan, even as the militant Islamist Taliban advances following the withdrawal of international troops from the country.
The deportations are deeply controversial, with critics saying the war-torn country is too dangerous to send asylum seekers back to.
With the beginning of the NATO withdrawal in May, the Taliban has launched several offensives and extended their control over further areas in Afghanistan.
Almost daily attacks and an increase in military offensives by the Taliban are taking a toll on civilians. Tens of thousands of people have fled fighting inside the country.
The Islamic State militia is also active in the country.
Jelpe, who focuses on domestic policy in the Left Party parliamentary group, said she did not understand why the process was taking so long.
“From my point of view it is absolutely clear that there must not be a single further deportation to Afghanistan,” she said.
She said 2,392 civilians had been injured or killed in May and June alone, citing figures provided by the UN Mission for Afghanistan.

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