Afghanistan: sent back to a war zone

Afghanistan: sent back to a war zone (Petersmann 2017) Petersmann, Sandra. 2017. “Afghanistan: Sent back to a War Zone.” DW News, May 31. http://www.dw.com/en/afghanistan-sent-back-to-a-war-zone/a-39055955. Sandra Petersmann of DW News interviews Afghan deportees from Germany.  In the first two months of 2017, Germany denied more than half of all asylum applications.  Many of these deportees struggle in reintegrating into their countries of origin and continue to seek a route to return to Germany, where they have established strong ties.

Voluntary and Forced Returns to Afghanistan in 2016/17: Trends, statistics and experiences

Voluntary and Forced Returns to Afghanistan in 2016/17: Trends, statistics and experiences (Thomas Ruttig & Jelena Bjelica, Afghanistan Analysts Network, May 2017)   While hundreds of thousands of Afghans sought protection in Europe throughout 2015/16, an increasing number have been returning to Afghanistan, both voluntarily and involuntarily. The number of voluntary returnees from Europe picked up significantly throughout 2016, with additional returns in the first four months of 2017, reaching a total figure of over 8,000. By contrast, the number Read More

Report: Rate of deportations stagnating in Germany

Report: Rate of deportations stagnating in Germany (DW News, 2017) DW News. 2017. “Report: Rate of Deportations Stagnating in Germany,” June 4. http://www.dw.com/en/report-rate-of-deportations-stagnating-in-germany/a-39110422. Die Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported that, by the end of April, a total of 8,620 people had been sent back to their countries of origin after their asylum applications were rejected [in Germany]. The figures indicated a marked stagnation compared to last year, which saw a total of 25,375 deportations. This year has also seen fewer rejected Read More

The EU-Turkey deal: what happens to people who return to Turkey?

The EU-Turkey deal: what happens to people who return to Turkey? (Sevda Tunaboylu and Jill Alpes, Forced Migration Review, 2017)   On 18th March 2016, Turkey and the European Union (EU) made a joint statement. Political leaders agreed to the return to Turkey of people who had crossed to the Greek islands through irregular channels and also agreed to prevent the arrival of new asylum seekers via sea or land – in exchange for the liberalisation of EU visa requirements Read More

Post-Deportation Risks and Monitoring Mini-Feature

Post-Deportation Risks and Monitoring Mini-Feature (Forced Migration Review, vol. 54, February 2017) People whose application for asylum has been refused are often deported, usually to their country of origin. Little is known, however, about what happens to them on that return journey, on arrival in the country to which they are deported, and during the weeks and months that follow. The articles in this mini-feature examine four cases: failed asylum seekers deported to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka and Read More

Deportation Stigma and Re-migration

Deportation Stigma and Re-migration (Liza Schuster & Nassim Majidi, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Volume 41, Number 4, 21 March 2015, pp. 635-652(18)) Many, if not most, of those who are forcibly expelled from the country to which they have migrated will not settle in the country to which they have been returned but will leave again. A recent article examined some of the reasons why this should be so. It was argued that in addition to the factors that Read More

What Happens Post-Deportation? The Experience of Deported Afghans

What Happens Post-Deportation? The Experience of Deported Afghans (2013, Liza Schuster and Nassim Majidi) Deportation, understood as the physical removal of someone against their will from the territory of one state to that of another, has moved to the forefront of academic and policy agendas. Although there is a growing literature on legislation and policy, there is very little in-depth data on what happens post-deportation. In this article, we examine possible post-deportation outcomes. We argue that, whatever reasons existed for Read More

There’s No Place Like Home: States’ Obligations in Relation to Transfers of Persons

There’s No Place Like Home: States’ Obligations in Relation to Transfers of Persons (2008, Emanuela-Chiara Gillard) The article sets out states’ obligations in relation to transfers of persons under international law, and revisits the key elements of the principled non-refoulement, including its application where persons are transferred from one state to another within the territory of a single state; the range of risks that give rise to application of the principle; important procedural elements; and the impact on the principle of Read More