An Afghan man deported from Germany has been found dead in a hotel room in Kabul after committing suicide, officials said Wednesday.
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 International Organization for Migration (IOM) as temporary accommodation for returnees while he waited to go to the western city of Herat.
His body was found on July 10. A police investigation into his death is under way, but an IOM official said the man had "apparently" committed suicide.
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.
A spokesman for the immigration office in Hamburg, where the man had been living since 2011, said he had been convicted of a number of crimes including theft, resisting arrest and drug law violations.
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