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Human Rights Watch warns of wave of refugees to Germany

Berlin - The aid organization Human Rights Watch has warned of a wave of refugees from Afghanistan to Europe. The reason for this is the advance of the Islamic terrorist organization Taliban after the withdrawal of NATO . "If the advance of the Taliban continues, even more Afghans will probably flee," said the Germany director of Human Rights Watch, Wenzel Michalski, reports Bild newspaper.

According to the report, there are already around three million internally displaced persons in Afghanistan. According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, around 1.5 million Afghan migrants stayed in neighboring Pakistan last year. But it is precisely those who are fleeing the Taliban that have a hard time in Pakistan, according to Michalski, because the country supports the Islamists. "Many therefore flee to Iran in order to get to Europe via Turkey."

The route therefore leads from Turkey via the Mediterranean to Greece and via the Balkan route to Germany. However, Berlin was not prepared for a possible new stream of migrants, criticized Michalski. "There should have been a plan and a coordinated overall concept for the Afghans who fled after their departure."

Europe should stop deportations to Afghanistan
The domestic policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Mathias Middelberg (CDU), is assuming that the number of asylum seekers will rise if the security situation in Afghanistan worsens. We have to watch the situation closely so as not to be surprised,” he told the newspaper.

In 2020, around 46,000 first-time asylum applications were submitted by Afghans in the EU, around 8,000 of them in Germany. There are currently more than 271,000 Afghans in Germany. The number has more than doubled since 2015. A few days ago the Afghan government asked the European states to temporarily suspend deportations to the country. The ministry responsible for refugees gave the reason for the increasing violence of the Taliban and the corona crisis.

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