Bundeswehr soldiers from Camp Marmal monitor a nearby village during a daily security patrol, 2009. Image: ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office, CC BY 2.0
Only a few days ago fugitives were deported to Afghanistan. At the same time, Germany accepts Afghans who have worked for the Bundeswehr. How does this fit together?
According to current figures, from 2013 to last year, 798 Afghan local forces and 2.596 of their relatives have been accepted by Germany. A total of 3394 people. Another four hundred local employees in addition to their approximately 1.500 relatives have been promised permission to leave the country for Germany.
Afghans who have worked in their country for the German Armed Forces, German development projects or the German Federal Police are considered to be local staff. At present, Afghans are eligible to apply for admission to Germany if they have worked for a local German institution in the past two years. They have to show that they are in danger in connection with this employment.
It is possible that the number of people eligible to apply will be increased. At least that is what politicians, diplomats, militaries and non-governmental organizations are demanding in an open letter to the German government.
Taliban urge to stay
The U.S. and its NATO allies announced this year that they would end their mission and withdraw from Afghanistan by September of this year.
The Islamist Taliban, who still control or have regained control of large parts of the country, had recently declared that local Afghan forces who had worked for the occupiers should repent but not leave the country but help rebuild it.
The discussion about taking in the local forces casts a strange light on the German government’s assessment of the security situation in Afghanistan. Especially in light of the ongoing deportations of refugees to the Central Asian country. Only a few days ago a collective deportation took place. It was the 39. Deportation flight since December 2016. Deportations to unsafe third countries are not actually provided for by law.