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Dr Liza Schuster comments on violence in Kabul and deportation from the EU

Kabul-based researcher Dr Liza Schuster criticises the EU-Afghanistan deportation deal

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Commenting on the recent attacks at a shrine in Kabul, Dr Liza Schuster of City, University of London says the violence proves that the city is unsafe for citizens being deported from the EU.

Dr Schuster, a Reader in the Department of Sociology, is currently based in Kabul, after spending three years in Afghanistan researching European migration, asylum and deportation policy.

She said: “Germany is now preparing to deport 50 Afghans before the end of October, less than a week after the EU-Afghanistan agreement on deportation from Europe. The timing could not be worse.

“The recent attacks occurred in Karte Sakhi, the site of an important Shia shrine and temporary home to thousands displaced from Baghlan, where the Afghan government forces have been battling the Taliban for months.

“Kabul is bursting at the seams and is still plagued by conflict. Yet, it is considered a safe destination by European governments. Many new arrivals are sleeping in the open with no access to essentials, and as winter comes, people will die of cold and hunger.

“The insistence of the EU member states on returning people to the country, which is politically fragile and has a weakening economy, reveals much more about Europe than about Afghanistan. The country’s people are fearful that violence will escalate, after regular attacks over the summer and the memory of the previous winter, when the usual lull did not occur.”

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