Wrongfully deported asylum-seeker returns to Germany
An Afghan asylum-seeker who was wrongfully deported from Germany was back in the country yesterday.
The 20-year-old landed at Berlin’s Tegel airport at 2.16pm (1216 GMT) yesterday, a spokeswoman for the federal police told DPA.
After passing immigration control he was picked up by a colleague of his lawyer.
He is expected to register with the authorities in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern today.
Nasibullah S, as the man was named under German privacy rules, was one of 69 people deported to Afghanistan on a charter flight from the southern city on Munich at the start of July.
Because of an ongoing legal process at the administrative court in the city of Greifswald, he should not have been deported.
He has launched a legal challenge to the rejection of his claim to asylum in Germany and has yet to have his day in court.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had welcomed the deportation when it happened, writing: “On my 69th birthday of all days, 69 people were deported back to Afghanistan. That is well beyond what has been usual so far.”
One of the deported Afghans hanged himself in Kabul, earning Seehofer criticism for his seemingly heartless remark. He rejected the criticism. Nasibullah S’s case came to light two weeks after his deportation.
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) admitted a “procedural error”.
Seehofer said the BAMF had misidentified the man.
The German foreign ministry had provided the man with safe accommodation near Kabul.
Last Wednesday, he was taken to the Pakistani capital Islamabad where he received a visa for his onward journey to Germany via Istanbul.