In the dispute over the deportation of rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan, the highest court has now made a decision: According to this, Austria is no longer allowed to send men and women back to the crisis area. This view is overturned by a decision by the Federal Administrative Court, which in October had classified such deportations as permissible.
In the justification, among other things, the atrocities of the Taliban are cited, specifically “arbitrary controls and punishments up to targeted executions”. In plain language, this means that, contrary to what the government has requested, asylum seekers are no longer allowed to be deported there. According to a “Standard” report, the last deportation took place in December, and the proceedings are still ongoing for several people.
This decision poses a problem for Austria, as several neighboring countries have recently reported increasing numbers of refugees, including Switzerland and Germany. These are often young men from Afghanistan. Last year, as many asylum applications were made in Germany as not since 2017. According to figures from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf), the authority received around 190,800 asylum applications in 2021.
Around 148,000 of the applications concerned foreigners who applied for asylum for the first time in Germany – this is the highest level since 2018. Around 17.5 percent of the initial applications were submitted for children under one year of age who were born in Germany.