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Every week, we will share news articles from various sources regarding displacement within and from Afghanistan.

This section solely seeks to share information that news outlets are reporting. The articles should not be interpreted as sharing the Network for Migration Matters' views on the topic and they are not being verified nor fact-checked by our team.

Afghans in Indonesia protest slow UN resettlement process

Associated Press

14 November 2021

Hundreds of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers living in Indonesia rallied in front of the U.N. refugee agency office in Jakarta on Monday to urge it to speed up their resettlement.

They held large banners reading “Our families are in danger. Please act now” and “Resettle refugees and save lives” during the rally in front of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Iran deporting thousands of Afghan refugees

Al Jazeera

10 November 2021

Iran is sending tens of thousands of Afghan refugees back over the border, aid agencies and witnesses say, amid allegations of mistreatment by Iranian authorities.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) found that just over one million Afghans have been sent back this year, including more than 28,000 Afghans in the last week of October, despite the dire conditions awaiting them.

Afghan refugees in Uzbekistan live in uncertainty, facing deportation

DW

2 November 2021

Rights groups say hundreds of Afghans fled to neighboring Uzbekistan to escape the Taliban. But, without official refugee status in the Central Asian country, they are vulnerable and could face deportation.

Turkish ship carrying Afghan migrants towed to Greek port

DW

30 October 2021

The Murat 729, carrying 400 mostly Afghan migrants and refugees, sent a distress signal after its engines failed. Turkey failed to respond to a request to take back the vessel, despite a 2016 EU deal worth billions.

UNHCR welcomes steps to ease movement at Pakistan-Afghanistan border

UNHCR

25 October 2021

The UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the recent announcement by Pakistani authorities to ease the movement of people and goods through official border points with Afghanistan. This follows reports of border disruptions that have affected trade and regular population movements, including Afghan civilians who may need to seek safety.

Afghanistan: Taliban Forcibly Evict Minority Shia

Human Rights Watch

21 October 2021

Taliban officials in several provinces across Afghanistan have forcibly displaced residents partly to distribute land to their own supporters, Human Rights Watch said today. Many of these evictions have targeted Hazara Shia communities, as well as people associated with the former government, as a form of collective punishment.

Over 40% of Afghan refugees at US bases are children, Pentagon says

CNN

19 October 2021

44% of Afghan refugees housed temporarily at eight US military bases are children, according to a letter from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

EU, fearful of refugee crisis, delays response on Afghan asylum

Al Jazeera

14 October 2021

Migration and human rights experts call on the EU to deliver a more proactive and unified response on Afghan asylum.

Taliban warn US, EU of refugees if Afghan sanctions continue

France24

12 October 2021

Afghanistan's new Taliban government has warned US and European envoys that continued attempts to pressure them through sanctions will undermine security and could trigger a wave of economic refugees.

UK to resettle teenage Afghan women footballers and families

BBC

9 October 2021

Dozens of Afghan girls with promising football careers, who fled the Taliban, have been told they can come to the UK to be resettled, along with their families.

Turkish Red Crescent sending aid to feed displaced Afghans

Reuters

30 September 2021

The Turkish Red Crescent is sending aid to Afghanistan to feed internally displaced people in need amid turmoil following the Taliban's takeover, the organisation's head said on Friday.

It's Afghans in need of protection, not the EU's borders | View

Euronews

27 September 2021

The fear expressed by European politicians is neither about the alarming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan nor the fact that recent political developments have increased internal displacement...

Ambassador in limbo makes plea for Afghans to be allowed into EU

The Guardian

26 September 2021

Former Afghan government’s ambassador in Greece was appalled by Athens’ media blitz against ‘illegal migrant flows’.

IOM Expands Humanitarian and Protection Assistance in Afghanistan, Continues Community Development Work

IOM

15 September 2021

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) continues to expand its relief operations across Afghanistan in response to mounting, complex humanitarian needs fuelled by drought and conflict while reengaging established livelihood, community development and infrastructure projects.

The evacuation of Afghan refugees is over. Now what?

brookings.edu

9 September 2021

The dramatic scenes from Kabul Airport of desperate Afghans seeking to escape reverberated around the world. The U.S., other governments, and a hodge-podge assortment of private groups succeeded in evacuating more than 120,000 people in the space of a couple of weeks.

Focus on Afghanistan - Training offered for evaluating Afghan refugee credentials

Council of Europe

2 September 2021

With the sudden flight of thousands of Afghans, the question of how their qualifications can be assessed and recognized is now high on the agendas of recognition authorities across Europe. To meet these challenges, the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) has developed a specified training module on qualifications from Afghanistan.

Afghan College Students Find a New Life, and Safety, in Iraq

The New York Times

13 November 2021

Regarded as infidels by the Taliban, over 100 students from the American University in Kabul have found an unlikely refuge in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya.

Humanitarian needs in Iran rise as 300,000 Afghans arrive since Taliban takeover

Norwegian Refugee Council

9 November 2021

Between 4,000 and 5,000 Afghans are fleeing into Iran each day via informal border crossings, according to locally reported figures. NRC is on the ground in Iran supporting those Afghans, in addition to hundreds of thousands of others who have been sheltering in the country for much longer – some for decades.

Bulgaria to send 350 soldiers to border with Turkey over migration levels

Euronews

1 November 2021

Bulgaria has sent 350 additional military personnel to its border with Turkey amid rising migration levels.

Defense Minister Georgi Panayotov told Bulgarian media that the troops were arriving to "support the border police".

More than 6,500 migrants were detained after illegally entering Bulgaria from January to September, according to the Interior Ministry.

China to build outpost for Tajikistan special forces near Afghan border

Reuters

27 October 2021

China will finance the construction of an outpost for a special forces unit of Tajikistan's police near the Tajik-Afghan border, the Central Asian nation's parliament said on Thursday.

The post will be located in Tajikistan's eastern Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province in the Pamir mountains, which border China's Xinjiang province as well as the northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan.

Afghan Refugees Can Be Sponsored by Private Citizens Under New Program

The Wall Street Journal

24 October 2021

Private citizens will be allowed to sponsor Afghan families under a new program launched Monday by the Biden administration, as overwhelmed agencies have left thousands stuck on military bases in harsh conditions waiting to be resettled.

Escape from Kabul: Inside the volunteer effort by US troops to rescue their families from Afghanistan

CNN

20 October 2021

An hour after a suicide bomb exploded outside the Kabul airport on August 26, killing 13 US service members and scores of Afghan civilians, Fahim, a US military intelligence officer, made a frantic call to his sister.

Afghan Women Who Once Presided Over Abuse Cases Now Fear for Their Lives

The New York Times

19 October 2021

They fear that they or their loved ones could be tracked down and killed because of their work delivering justice to women. “We have lost everything — our jobs, our homes, the way we lived.”

UNHCR calls on states to expedite family reunification procedures for Afghan refugees

UNHCR

14 October 2021

The UN Refugee Agency, is urging states to facilitate and expedite family reunification procedures for Afghans whose families are left behind in Afghanistan or who have been displaced across the region.

Greece to bolster border with Turkey over Afghanistan migration fears

Euronews

10 October 2021

Greece says it will increase the number of border guards on the country’s border with Turkey, over fears of increased migration from Afghanistan.

Why India Won’t Ease the Afghan Refugee Crisis

Foreign Policy

30 September 2021

New Delhi once rolled out the welcome mat for those fleeing its neighbors. What happened?

Refugee groups race to find housing for 53,000 Afghan evacuees

CNN

29 September 2021

Refugee resettlement agencies are racing to find housing for the approximately 53,000 Afghans on military bases in the United States who will eventually be resettled in the country, but the groups are facing a strained -- and expensive -- housing market.

Greece: Afghan refugees fly to Portugal for resettlement

Associated Press

27 September 2021

Authorities in Greece said that 41 Afghan refugees flew from Athens to Portugal on Tuesday, as part of a bilateral agreement to resettle 1,000 people who have been granted asylum.

Thousands of Afghans seeking refuge in regional countries: UNHCR

Al Jazeera

22 September 2021

UN refugee agency says at least 35,400 Afghan refugees have arrived in Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan since January 1.

Internal displacement at mid-year: 10 situations in review

IDMC

13 September 2021

The first six months of 2021 also saw more than 611,000 Afghans return to the country, surpassing the total for the same period in 2020, which itself saw record-breaking returns.

No Afghan refugee exodus yet but 'massive displacement' possible -U.N. refugee agency

Reuters

9 September 2021

Half a million people had been displaced within Afghanistan in recent months, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said, a number which would grow if health services, schools and the economy break down.

UK provides a new home for vulnerable Afghan female judges

GOV.UK

12 November 2021

A group of Afghan judges who are at risk under the Taliban regime have arrived in the UK to start new lives, thanks to assistance by the British Government.

Afghan Military Pilots, on the Run, Feel Abandoned by U.S.

The New York Times

6 November 2021

Detained in Tajikistan, or hiding from the Taliban in Afghanistan, many pilots wonder why the military that trained them is not coming to their aid.

Pakistan reopens Chaman border crossing to Afghanistan

Reuters

1 November 2021

One of the main crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan has reopened after being closed for almost a month, officials said on Tuesday, offering hope for an end to a standoff that has caused heavy losses to traders and left thousands stranded.

Why thousands of Afghans are still on US military bases

Vox

27 October 2021

Thousands are still navigating this limbo without a clear end date, living in barracks or outfitted tents, awaiting the resettlement process. They’ve completed the required screenings to be paroled into the US, but it is taking time to connect evacuees to resettlement services.

White House makes massive change to resettlement program to help Afghan refugees

CNN

22 October 2021

The Biden administration is taking an unprecedented step to resettle the 55,600 Afghan evacuees from the US military bases where they've been living for weeks and into permanent homes, an official leading the effort told CNN.

Afghan refugees declaring themselves homeless over resettlement issues

BBC

19 October 2021

Dozens of Afghan families staying in hotels as part of a scheme to resettle them are declaring themselves homeless.

More than 200 families have asked councils in London for emergency accommodation.

'They will hang me': Afghan interpreters blocked by UK seek appeal

BBC

14 October 2021

Former Afghan interpreters for British forces have told the BBC they fear for their lives after the UK blocked their evacuation on security grounds. The move has stunned the group who thought getting out was a done deal.

Afghan refugees accuse Turkey of violent illegal pushbacks

The Guardian

13 October 2021

Migrants, many fleeing the Taliban regime, claim they are being beaten, harassed and turned back by Turkish border forces

Spain to evacuate more Afghan workers, families left behind

Associated Press

9 October 2021

Spain has started a new evacuation operation to extract more Afghans and their families left behind following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Spain’s Defense Ministry said Sunday that it is working with the foreign ministry on a new evacuation mission.

Greece says will not allow 'uncontrolled' migrant flows from Afghanistan

Reuters

30 September 2021

Greece will not allow a repeat of the 2015 migration crisis to unfold on its borders following the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday after visiting a new migrant camp on an island near Turkey.

After decades of instability, what does the future hold for Afghan migration?

World Economic Forum

27 September 2021

Twenty years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda, the country that was widely considered a haven for those behind the attacks – Afghanistan – is again without a functioning government and is facing a dual humanitarian-displacement crisis.

Canada Doubles Its Afghan Refugee Resettlement Target to 40,000 People

The New York Times

26 September 2021

The official announcement was made by Canada’s foreign minister on Monday evening, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly.

US House approves $6.3bn for Afghan refugee resettlement

Al Jazeera

20 September 2021

Funding will bolster US government agencies’ Afghan refugee resettlement efforts after Kabul evacuation in August.

Afghan mayors and refugees are in danger. The world's cities mustn't fail them

World Economic Forum

13 September 2021

As the US resumes evacuation of foreign nationals from Afghanistan, thousands of Afghans remain trapped in the country – and must not be left behind. Among them are former mayors and city officials of Afghan cities pushed out of office by the Taliban regime and who are now facing threats.

Where Will Afghan Refugees Go?

Council on Foreign Relations

8 September 2021

Even before the Taliban’s takeover, Afghanistan produced 10 percent of the world’s refugees, reflecting a sharp deterioration in the country’s security.