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Afghan deported from Germany commits suicide in Kabul hotel: Officials

AFP  |  Kabul 

An Afghan man deported from has been found dead in a hotel room in after committing suicide, officials said today.

The 23-year-old man, who has not been identified, was forcibly returned to the Afghan capital on July 4 along with 68 other failed Afghan asylum seekers.

He had been staying at a hotel used by the as temporary accommodation for returnees while he waited to go to the western city of

His body was found on July 10. A police investigation into his death is under way, but an IOM said the man had "apparently" committed suicide.

Afghanistan's confirmed one of the 69 deportees had killed himself while staying at a temporary shelter.

The IOM issued a statement calling for "assisted voluntary return and reintegration" instead of deportations.

"Forced returns carry the stigma of failure, can encourage unsafe re-migration, and increase risks and hardships for the returnee," the IOM said.

Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the bloody conflict that has been raging since 2001, making the issue of deportations from and other European countries highly controversial. itself is deeply divided over the issue.

has faced a strong backlash over her 2015 decision to open Germany's borders to a mass influx of migrants, many from war-torn Syria, and Afghanistan, that led to more than one million arrivals.

In 2016, signed a deal with to repatriate Afghans who had failed to obtain asylum, and began expelling people in December 2016. So far this year, 148 Afghans have been deported from Germany, figures show.

Some of the deportees have spent most of their lives living outside of before being deported. More Afghans are likely to be deported after Merkel's shaky three-party coalition agreed last week on a tougher migration policy that will reduce the number of asylum-seekers in the country.

had threatened Merkel with an ultimatum to curb arrivals, sparking the worst political crisis of her government of just barely 100 days.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 18:45 IST