Kabul urges Europe to halt forced deportations of Afghans

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Ramiz Alakbarov, the United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, said the country Ramiz Alakbarov, the United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, said the state was besides facing accrued difficulties with the increasing conflict. (Photo: AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

12 Jul 2021 01:41AM (Updated: 12 Jul 2021 02:01AM)

KABUL: Afghanistan has urged European countries to halt forced deportations of Afghan migrants for the adjacent 3 months, arsenic information forces conflict a question of unit triggered by a dizzying Taliban offensive.

The United Nations said connected Sunday (Jul 11) the rising struggle is besides causing "more suffering" crossed the violence-wracked state arsenic it urged for continuous fiscal aid.

Afghanistan is facing a situation arsenic the insurgents drawback up territory crossed the countryside, stretching authorities forces and starring to a caller question of internally displaced families, analyzable by a renewed outbreak of COVID-19.

"The escalation of unit by the Taliban violent radical successful the state and the dispersed of the 3rd question of (COVID-19) person caused a large woody of economical and societal unrest, creating concerns and challenges for the people," Afghanistan's refugees and repatriation ministry said successful a connection connected Saturday.

"The government's determination emphasises that big countries should refrain from forcibly deporting Afghan refugees ... for the adjacent 3 months," the ministry said, adding that the instrumentality of Afghans from Europe was worrying.

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There were astir 2.5 cardinal registered refugees from Afghanistan successful 2018 - the second-largest exile colonisation successful the world, according to the United Nations exile agency.

The immense bulk are successful neighbouring Pakistan, followed by Iran, and Europe.

There were astir   2.5 cardinal  registered refugees from Afghanistan successful  2018 -- the second-largest There were astir 2.5 cardinal registered refugees from Afghanistan successful 2018 - the second-largest exile colonisation successful the world. (Photo: AFP/Ozan Kose)

While much than 570 Afghan refugees voluntarily returned to the state betwixt January and March this year, aided by the UN, conscionable six came from extracurricular Pakistan and Iran, according to information from the UN's exile agency.

WAR CAUSING MORE SUFFERING

Afghans marque up a sizeable stock of EU asylum seekers, with 44,190 first-time applications past year, retired of a full of 416,600, according to Eurostat, the EU's statistic agency.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi past period said Europe should brace for a caller inflow of migrants from Afghanistan aft overseas forces permission the country.

This year, respective EU countries agreed to connection asylum to Afghans who worked with overseas troops and are astatine hazard of retaliatory attacks from the Taliban.

Afghanistan recorded much than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 connected Sunday, the wellness ministry said.

Almost 135,000 cases and much than 5,700 deaths person been reported since the pandemic began, with the state reliant connected donations from the planetary assemblage to vaccinate its population.

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Ramiz Alakbarov, the United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, said the state was besides facing accrued difficulties with the increasing struggle since the Taliban launched their dizzying offensive.

"Pre-existing humanitarian needs are further exacerbated," helium told reporters, adding that astatine slightest fractional of the country's 33.5 cardinal radical needed humanitarian assistance.

The "escalation of subject activities and escalation of struggle and warfare is causing much suffering" isolated from drought and COVID-19 concerns, Alakbarov said.

He said that truthful acold this twelvemonth 25 humanitarian assistance workers were killed portion delivering alleviation items to the needy.

He called for continued fiscal enactment to conscionable Afghanistan's humanitarian assistance, adding that US$450 cardinal had travel truthful acold arsenic planetary donations pursuing an entreaty of US$1.3 cardinal made for 2021.

"The needs are truthful overmuch greater, and continued assistance is needed," Alakbarov said.

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