The start of a likely series of deportations of Afghans from Germany to their homeland after their asylum bids were rejected sparks controversy.
Bärbel Kofler has urged the government to stop deporting rejected Afghan asylum seekers to their home country. Some 12,000 have been asked to leave, despite Afghanistan not being considered a "safe countries of origin."
Several thousand people have taken part in demonstrations across Germany in support of Afghan nationals who are being obliged to return home after their asylum requests failed. Nearly 12,000 have been asked to leave.
Angela Merkel's government has promised to send rejected asylum seekers home, but some local states aren't cooperating. Schleswig-Holstein, for example, has temporarily halted all deportations to Afghanistan.
Deportations of rejected asylum seekers have been a point of controversy in German politics over the past few months. Here’s a look at the deportation debate and statistics.
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