German Interior Ministry expels 27 Afghans

Germany said that it had expelled 27 Afghan men on Thursday, although opponents say it is not safe to return them to war-torn Afghanistan. “This morning, 27 people were returned to Afghanistan,” the Interior Ministry announced on Twitter. They include 17 who have been convicted of crimes, two who are deemed “dangerous individuals” and eight who have “stubbornly refused to give their real identities,” AFP reported, citing the statement. The men left Germany from Frankfurt Airport late on Wednesday, where around 600 people had gathered to demonstrate against the expulsions. Germany signed a deal with Kabul last year to repatriate Afghans who had failed to obtain asylum, and began expelling people in December 2016.