The World Reacts to the Looming Influx of Afghan Migrants
MIN READAug 18, 2021 | 20:56 GMT
Stranded Afghan nationals arrive to return back to Afghanistan at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing point in Chaman on Aug. 16, 2021.
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The unfolding crisis in Afghanistan will spur new waves of migration in the coming weeks, adding to the 2.6 million Afghan refugees already living in different parts of the world amid years of war in their home country. With the Taliban now in control of all borders, escaping Afghan territory will no doubt prove a dangerous endeavor. But despite the risks, thousands will still likely attempt to flee for fear of the coming return to the socially and politically restrictive rule of the Taliban.
In light of the looming migrant influx, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Gutierres on Aug. 16 urged all countries to receive refugees and refrain from deportations. Each country’s willingness to do so, however, will vary based on their individual social, political, security and economic considerations....