The Taliban said they are not opposed to the return of asylum seekers deported from Europe, who were refused there. But all of them will be sent to court, which will determine their further fate.
This was stated by Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, in a conversation with reporters for the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung:
“They will be taken to court. The court must decide what to do with them.”
Human rights activists are convinced that Afghans who have lived abroad for some time and returned to their homeland, with the rise to power of the Taliban, are in greater danger than other residents of the country.
The Guardian notes that the Austrian government, led by conservatives, has taken a tough stance from the outset towards Afghan refugees, asylum seekers in the EU. In 60% of cases, the authorities reject applications.
Only on August 11, a few days before the Taliban took Kabul, the German Interior Ministry suspended the deportation of Afghans to their homeland. For a long time, the German government was convinced that Afghanistan was a safe country for the return of its citizens who had not been granted asylum in Germany. Currently, in Germany, 30,000 Afghans who have not received refugee status are awaiting departure to their homeland.