Turkey’s President Erdogan highlights urgent need for security to be established in Afghanistan as worries grow about a looming humanitarian disaster following the Taliban’s return to power.
Authorities have administered measles vaccine to about 49,000 evacuees staying temporarily on American military bases as well as to those still at transit points in Europe and the Middle East, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The shipment of food will be sent on Saturday from Pakistan to Kabul and will provide for 16,000 people for a month, says Turkish Red Crescent President Kerem Kinik.
The number of "independent departures," which could top 700, is raising alarms among immigration advocates concerned about the risks to Afghans who give up on the resettlement process.
War-torn Afghanistan immediately needs at least $600 million to avert severe food shortage, which has been exacerbated by a drought, UN officials say.
EU countries are split over whether asylum should now be extended by the bloc as a whole to Afghans fleeing Taliban rule.
On the heels of UN refugee agency's warning of "a larger crisis that is just beginning" in Afghanistan, an EU draft shared by Reuters shows the bloc is aiming for stricter policies to curb refugee influx from Afghanistan following Taliban takeover.
Thousands of emails sent by MPs and charities to the UK Foreign Ministry highlighting the names of specific Afghan nationals at risk from the Taliban takeover went unopened, The Observer cited a whistleblower as saying.
Western nations warn their citizens to immediately leave area around Kabul airport over a "terrorist" threat, as thousands of people try to reach a dwindling number of evacuation flights.
The protest took place outside the UN Refugee Agency’s office in Jakarta, with many Afghans saying they’re extremely worried about their families back home.
Turkey is already home to at least 5 million refugees and the country cannot bear an additional "migration burden" by taking in Afghans who worked for Western countries, President Erdogan tells European Council chief.
Austria has more than 40,000 Afghan refugees, the second-biggest number in Europe after Germany, which has 148,000, according to data from the UN refugee agency UNHCR for 2020.
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