Germany government deports Afghan asylum-seekers
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News December 15, 2016 Updated: 7:21 PM
Germany has deported dozens of Afghan asylum-seekers. The country's government is tightening rules on accepting refugees to ease public concern about security.
The group was the first to arrive back in Afghanistan after a new agreement was made between the German government and Kabul in October.
The Afghan migrants who arrived at Kabul airport aboard a chartered plane were carrying few belongings.
Germany's Interior Ministry says these were the first deportations under an agreement reached by the 2 countries in October.
The influx of migrants and subsequent events have prompted concerns about security and integration, boosting support for anti-immigrant groups such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
More than 1.1 million refugees and migrants entered Germany since last year, generating public concern that security may worsen.
Out of 12,000 Afghans living in Germany, 5 percent of the Afghan population there, were due for deportation.
Earlier in the week, around two dozen Afghans also returned home from Norway and Sweden after they were denied asylum.