The German authorities said an Afghani asylum seeker, one of 69 forcibly deported in recent weeks, has committed suicide upon return home. The incident has triggered calls for the resignation of the Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer.
As reported by Reuters, an official within the German Ministry of the Interior told journalists on Wednesday: "We received confirmation from the Afghan authorities this morning that one of passengers on the repatriation flight was found dead in accommodation in Kabul. According to the Afghan authorities, it was a suicide,"
Seehofer announced his "Migration Masterplan" in a press conference on Tuesday July 10th, enforcing a tough migration-control policy in opposition to Merkel’s open-doors policy. Seehoffer had welcomed the deportations on Tuesday and noted that the 69 Afghans had left on his 69th birthday.
The Pro Asyl refugee rights organisation said the failed asylum seeker was a 23-year-old who had lived in Germany for eight years and was a minor when he first arrived in the country.
News of the suicide sparked outrage on social media, with politicians calling for Seehofer’s resignation, including members of his coalition.
Kevin Kuehnert, leader of the youth wing of the Social Democrats (SPD), a junior partner in government with Merkel's conservative bloc, tweeted: "His resignation is overdue. Hello coalition?!?".