It is thought up to 50 failed asylum seekers were scheduled to be deported from Munich Airport
It is thought up to 50 failed asylum seekers were scheduled to be deported from Munich Airport to Kabul.
The deportation is thought to be the third wave of group expulsions in recent weeks.
Buses and police were photographed at Munich Airport alongside a chartered plane.
Protesters gathered at the airport to rally against the deportation.
Campaigners held banners reading “Stop deportations to Afghanistan”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s chief of staff Peter Altmaier defended the initiative.
The deportation is thought to be the third wave of group expulsions
Buses and a police car next to a plane to take in refugees who are being deported to Afghanistan
Those who have no claim to asylum from any conceivable point of view must expect to be repatriated
He told Deutschlandfunk radio: “Those who have no claim to asylum from any conceivable point of view – where the courts have determined that they do not face the treat of persecution – must expect to be repatriated.”
Activists say much of Afghanistan is safe for asylum seekers to return to.
Mrs Merkel has come under fire for her open-door immigration policy after more than one million migrants arrived in Germany in the last two years.
It comes one day after German officials proposed the EU relax some human rights safeguards to allow more asylum seekers to be deported while their case is examined.
According to a working paper seen by Reuters, the proposals would make it harder for migrants to get into Germany and be allowed to say.
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The paper said the proposal would only kick in at times of a "mass influx" of people to the bloc.
It said: "This is another element in efforts to energize readmission of people to wherever they came from.”
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