Germany accepted around one million migrants over the course of two years
Mrs Merkel claimed Berlin's increased deportation was not dissimilar from other countries in the European Union (EU) who are grappling with the increased number of migrants following large-scale migration over the past two years.
Germany accepted around one million migrants over the course of two years from the height of the migrant crisis in summer 2015.
Originally praised for her open door policy, the tide of public opinion began to turn away from Mrs Merkel following a series of incidents involving migrants, including the sex attacks on New Year's Eve in Cologne.
And Mrs Merkel is trying to shore up support ahead of the country's national elections in September, which will likely see the anti-Islam and anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party clinching a high number of votes.
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The party has seen a meteoric rise in support, doing considerably well in regional elections last year which they hope to replicate on a national level.
The latest move of ramping up deportations is part of a new direction pursued over the past couple months which has seen Mrs Merkel take a tougher stance on immigration.
Afghans made up the second biggest group of asylum seekers in Germany after Syrians
It is thought the government is trying to demonstrate its pro-activeness on the issue, and has begun carrying out group deportations of Afghans.
Germany is cracking down on those who do not qualify as refugees – and on the first flight Berlin chartered back to Afghanistan, one third were convicted criminals.
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All other EU countries send those who don't have the right of residence back to Afghanistan
Angela Merkel said: "All other EU countries send those who don't have the right of residence back to Afghanistan.
"Don't give the impression that (Afghans) can't live in Afghanistan because otherwise we'll all be lost together and we won't be able to find anybody to fight the Taliban as part of the Afghan army anymore."
Mrs Merkel is trying to shore up support ahead of the country's national elections
According to data from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Afghans made up the second biggest group of asylum seekers in Germany after Syrians last year.
Around 55 per cent of Afghans are granted asylum status while the rest are rejected, Mrs Merkel said.
round 14,000 refugees and migrants arrive in Germany each month
She added: "I can't and should not send the signal that Germany thinks the 29 million Afghans… live in unacceptable conditions and that you can't survive in Afghanistan. That's the dilemma we're in."
Despite the deportations, around 14,000 refugees and migrants arrive in Germany each month.