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Why Germany and other EU nations are about to send tens of thousands of Afghans back to their war-torn country


LIVING IN LIMBO: Afghan migrants sit in their room at a reception center for asylum seekers in a former miners’ hospital in Gera, central Germany.

HOFMANNSTRASSE 69, in the German city of Munich, looks like most other office complexes. Once the headquarters of the German engineering giant Siemens, the rectangular, white building is now home to 680 migrants waiting for the German government to decide their future.

Among them is 30-year-old Abdullah (not his real name), his two brothers, his wife and their three children. The family—who asked to remain anonymous because their asylum application is ongoing—arrived in Germany in September last year, after fleeing the Afghan capital of Kabul.

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