MAPPING AFRICAN REFUGEES: Which nations are taking in refugees, and where does the UK stand?
AFGHAN refugees and foreign citizens are fleeing the Taliban-controlled country, traveling to the United Kingdom and other allies, but evacuations have been disrupted by a bombing attack on Kabul airport. The countries that are taking in Afghan refugees are listed below.
Authorities are in a panic as they try to evacuate as many people as possible from Afghanistan before the August 31 deadline. Countries all around the world are assisting in the evacuation of their citizens as well as Afghans seeking asylum. The Taliban has rejected pleas to extend the deadline for Nato forces to leave Afghanistan to August 31, putting thousands of foreign nationals and vulnerable Afghans at risk. A deadly terrorist strike on Kabul airport today, which has been blamed on Islamic State offshoot ISIS-K, has further complicated circumstances.
The United Kingdom is taking in 9,000 Afghan refugees and has already indicated that it will take in another 20,000 in the next five years.
The relocation initiative will prioritize women, children, Afghan interpreters, and other vulnerable minorities.
The Prime Minister stated that the “vast majority” of qualified Afghans have been evacuated, although he acknowledged that the time remaining is “very limited.”
Boris Johnson has pledged that the UK will “do everything we can” to ensure that “everyone else” leaves before the deadline for British soldiers to leave.
This came after President Joe Biden turned down his request for a delay in the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
In late 2020, Germany had 148,000 Afghan refugees, or around 5.5 percent of the total population.
Germany has indicated it will continue evacuation flights as long as possible, and the German military had evacuated 5,193 passengers on 34 flights by early Thursday morning.
Germany has identified 10,000 persons who needed to be evacuated, including Afghan local personnel, journalists, and human rights activists, in total.
After being evacuated from Kabul airport, more than 100 French nationals and more than 2,000 Afghans arrived in France on Wednesday evening, according to the French foreign ministry.
France’s evacuation planes from Kabul are expected to be completed by Friday evening, according to French Prime Minister Jean Castex.
There are currently 32,000 Afghan refugees living in France.
Qatari officials stated on Thursday that over 40,000 individuals had been evacuated to Doha.
It’s unclear how many of these are Qataris and how many are not. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”