European Union – Many in the EU media circles and open-border lobbies have made quite a fuss lately about deportations to Afghanistan. Finland now says they will stop the deportations while Germany and Austria claim they will continue.
Quite frankly, this is a misleading debate… precisely because, unfortunately, there are so few deportations to Afghanistan to begin with.
The question for Sebastian Kurz of Austria and those so-called conservatives of the EPP in Germany, who both like to give the impression that they are tough on migration, should focus on why they have failed to deport more illegals to Afghanistan during their long tenures in power?
Judging from the numbers of Mother Germany, one percent seems to be the EU’s bar of success.
Germany, governed by Angela Merkel’s CDU-CSU, is the perfect example of this smoke and mirrors game. The fact of the matter is that there have only been a tiny percentage of Afghans deported (less than a half percent) from Germany even before COVID. The numbers are meaningless compared to the arrivals.
That’s close to 300,000 in two years (2016 and 2017) alone… and the Afghans are still coming in waves.
Today, Afghans make up the largest share of asylum seekers in the EU, according to the EU’s statistics agency, Eurostat.
In Austria, the brutal murder of a 13-year-old girl by an illegal Afghan shocked the nation.
It also rekindled the debate about deportations to Afghanistan.
Shockingly, there are some in Austria with such twisted logic that they have called to end deportations to Afghanistan after this tragedy.
This is hard to comprehend in light of what just happened. In fact, the deportations to Afghanistan must be prioritized, accelerated and more meaningful. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has not done enough in regards to this issue.
Kurz has rightly stated that Austria will keep deporting Afghans, but he cannot escape his responsibility either with just another scripted press conference.
Kurz has been the Chancellor of Austria for some time now and the Afghan charged should not have been roaming the streets of Austria. He had a very violent history and was well-known to police.
Moreover, the other Afghan suspect in the murder was in the process of asylum… not deportation.
Kurz, a typical EPP opportunist, likes to employ neocon-like propaganda, giving the impression that Austria deports Afghans in large numbers.
Based on the numbers, this is highly misleading, unless one employs a very low bar to measure success.
Between 2015-2020, 47,000 Afghans applied for asylum in Austria.
Yet, between January-October 2019, only 235 Afghans were deported. Only 235! In the year 2020, this number was near zero under the lame COVID excuse, which should not have any bearings on deportations.