Germany builds Moroccan youth centres 

Germany builds Moroccan youth centres 

Germany has started constructing two youth centres in northern Morocco to house “street children” and young Moroccans who have been deported by Germany, according to Welt am Sonntag.

The project creates a legal route for Germany to start deporting young Africans without needing to identify their families first. In recent years, Germany has not deported unaccompanied children.

In September 12, a flight left Düsseldorf airport for Afghanistan, carrying 15 rejected asylum seekers in the first deportation to the country since a car bomb near the German embassy in Kabul in May. The opposition Greens and Left party criticised the resumption of deportations to the war-torn state as “cynical”.

In March, teenagers in Cottbus made headlines with a campaign to save three Afghan classmates from deportation. They demonstrated, collected signatures and raised money for a legal team to contest the asylum case as the three could not be deported while proceedings continue. Protesters also gather at German airports, saying Afghanistan is too dangerous for refugees to return.

Afghan Hindu Samir Narang from Hamburg was deported in January. He had lived in Germany with his family for four years. Afghanistan he told German public radio, “is not safe”. Minorities from Afghanistan who return because asylum is denied reportedly face religious persecution in the Muslim country.

Deportation to Afghanistan was “life-threatening” to Samir, argued the NGO change.org.

In domestic news, 58-year-old man has driven a car at the entrance of the Berlin headquarters of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), injuring himself and later telling police that he was trying to commit suicide.

Police said the vehicle, which smashed through the first set of glass doors of Willy Brandt House, the SPD’s head office, was filled with petrol canisters and gas cartridges.

The building’s sprinklers put out the fire.

He had earlier left a package at Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party headquarters, but it was quickly removed, a police spokeswoman said.

Leading figures from Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union and the Social Democrats offered differing visions on how a coalition’s immigration policy, as Germany’s two largest parties prepare for talks next month.

Merkel’s 2015 decision to allow more than 1 million migrants into the country transformed Germany’s politics, boosting the far right, hurting her party and the SPD in the September 24 election.

The Spanish enclave of Ceuta in Morocco. Picture credit: Wikimedia

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