Greek islands see significant rise in number of migrants
19 October 2019 | 12:32 pm
The number of migrants and refugees arriving on the Greek islands has risen by more than 50 percent this year, according to statistics released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday.
Afghans in refugee camps in Pakistan's Peshawar wish for peace to return to their home country after the Taliban brought a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war. "If God wills it, the situation in Afghanistan will get better. When the situation improves, all of us Afghan refugees will return home," says one refugee.
Just weeks before a general election, German politicians are worried that large numbers of Afghan refugees might make their way to Europe. The wave of mostly Syrian refugees who came in 2015 still haunts German politics.
Afghan refugees in India queue up outside US, UK and Australian embassies in the hope of getting visas for themselves and their families. 21-year-old Adeeba Qayoumi, an Afghan refugee says she is outside the embassy "to find any solution, to find any visa program which we can apply for".
Afghan refugees in Indonesia express concerns about the safety of their family members after the Taliban takeover of the country. They demand to be reunited with their relatives from Afghanistan after living in limbo at a shelter in Indonesia for years without certainty.
Around two hundred Afghan refugees who fled their country before the Taliban took control gather at the Pakistan border with Afghanistan as they wait to follow the required procedures to be allowed to cross. “We emigrated from Afghanistan during bombing and hardships, when Muslims were in trouble,” says Molavi Shaib. “Now, praise be to Allah, the situation is normal, so we are returning.”
Around 300 Afghan refugees in New Delhi shout slogans demanding human rights and resettlement by UN Agencies. The refugees say most of them have not received any help from the UN agencies in India. "We have nothing, no future, no education," says a 14-year-old Afghan refugee in India.
Afghan evacuees arrive at the Entebbe International Airport, in Entebbe, Uganda. A flight carrying Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover of their country touched down early Wednesday in Uganda where they will be given temporary refuge, government officials said.
The first batch of Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover has arrived in Uganda. They will receive temporary refuge before relocating to the US. Some Ugandans, however, are concerned about their country's security.
Afghan refugees in Greece are increasingly worried about their status. The EU’s differing and uncertain asylum policies are making it even harder for them to cope.
Albania agreed to host Afghan refugees while they are being vetted for visas for the US. Although some in the country feel that Albania has a duty to help its NATO ally, others feel Albania is struggling enough as it is.
Exclusive — Afghan refugees should not take 'dangerous' road to Europe, FDP top candidate Christian Lindner says
Speaking to DW, FDP lead candidate Christian Lindner recommended focusing on finding safe refuge for Afghans in "the immediate vicinity." He also criticized Merkel for failing to engage with a conflict she "inherited."
A report by Amnesty International contradicts some governments' views that Syria is now safe to return for refugees. Returnees have faced detainment, torture, disappearance, and sexual violence.
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