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Afghan Refugees In Europe Worry About Deportation

A number of Afghan refugees in Europe said they are concerned about being deported after the Afghan government signed agreements with European countries.

One lawyer in Holland, who represents Afghan refugees, Massih Rasul, said he has dealt with a number of asylum seekers who have been detained and deported.

“After signing the agreements with European countries, I saw a number of Afghan refugees who were detained and a number of them were deported,” said Rasul.

An Afghan refugee in Holland, Ahmad, said: “Those who had problems in Afghanistan came here, but Afghan officials do not let them live here.”

According to them, refugees who are refused asylum by the Dutch government, are detained and held at a center at the Amsterdam airport before being deported. They said refugees who arrive with fake documents are also detained at the same center.

But another Afghan refugee in Holland, Wahid, said he felt this move to deport refugees was unfair.

“We learn a subject and the language here, and after living here for a long time there is always the possibility of us being deported,” he said.

TOLOnews was not however allowed to film inside a refugee camp in Holland.

But refugees said that at one camp, new refugees arrive constantly – although some families had lived there for 10 to 15 years – without getting asylum.

Meanwhile, according to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) the arrival of refugees in Europe has dropped by 95 percent this year.

According to their statistics, in 2016 around 155,000 Afghan refugees arrived in Europe compared to 42,000 in 2014.

Amnesty International stated two months ago that the continuation of war and the high number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan shows that refugees should not be sent home. According to Amnesty International, the Afghan government has failed to maintain security for the people, despite having signed the agreements with Europe to deport Afghan refugees.

Afghan Refugees In Europe Worry About Deportation

In one camp in Holland some families have lived there for over 10 years without asylum having been given to them

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A number of Afghan refugees in Europe said they are concerned about being deported after the Afghan government signed agreements with European countries.

One lawyer in Holland, who represents Afghan refugees, Massih Rasul, said he has dealt with a number of asylum seekers who have been detained and deported.

“After signing the agreements with European countries, I saw a number of Afghan refugees who were detained and a number of them were deported,” said Rasul.

An Afghan refugee in Holland, Ahmad, said: “Those who had problems in Afghanistan came here, but Afghan officials do not let them live here.”

According to them, refugees who are refused asylum by the Dutch government, are detained and held at a center at the Amsterdam airport before being deported. They said refugees who arrive with fake documents are also detained at the same center.

But another Afghan refugee in Holland, Wahid, said he felt this move to deport refugees was unfair.

“We learn a subject and the language here, and after living here for a long time there is always the possibility of us being deported,” he said.

TOLOnews was not however allowed to film inside a refugee camp in Holland.

But refugees said that at one camp, new refugees arrive constantly – although some families had lived there for 10 to 15 years – without getting asylum.

Meanwhile, according to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) the arrival of refugees in Europe has dropped by 95 percent this year.

According to their statistics, in 2016 around 155,000 Afghan refugees arrived in Europe compared to 42,000 in 2014.

Amnesty International stated two months ago that the continuation of war and the high number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan shows that refugees should not be sent home. According to Amnesty International, the Afghan government has failed to maintain security for the people, despite having signed the agreements with Europe to deport Afghan refugees.

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