German pilots ground 222 flights after refusing to deport asylum seekers

German pilots have grounded more than 220 flights because they were being used to deport failed asylum seekers.

Many of the pilots involved said they wanted no part in sending people back to Afghanistan, where violence is still rife following years of war and occupation by Western forces.

Germany has deemed it a “safe country of origin” in some cases, despite ongoing violence and repression in parts of the country.