The Cabinet has decided not to return exhausted asylum seekers to Afghanistan for the time being. There is a stop for at least six months, says Secretary of State Broekers-Knol to the House of Representatives.
No decision should be taken in ongoing and new procedures of Asylum seekers of Afghan nationality during that period. The deadline for these procedures is extended by one year.
The government has set up a so-called moratorium, as the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated rapidly since the withdrawal of foreign troops. The Taliban is moving fast and have now managed to control about 65 percent of the country.
There were no expulsions planned in the coming period, as the precarious situation in the country has already been taken into account, says the Secretary of State. But on paper there was still the possibility to return Afghans.
The government parties D66 and ChristenUnie asked questions about this week.
According to RefugeesWerk Nederland, there are currently five Afghan asylum seekers in the Netherlands who would be deported. In addition, there is a group of at least one hundred people who should leave but have not yet received a definitive rejection, for example because they have appealed.
“Going back would be my death,” this Afghan asylum seeker says: