Friday, October 06, 2017

The dilemma of Afghan asylum seekers in Europe

Undocumented Afghans in Europe are given a choice of voluntarily returning to their country, or getting deported.

In the report, the rights group said European governments had remained "willfully blind" to the dangers of returning the thousands of Afghan asylum seekers, including children.

The group called on the nations to impose a moratorium on sending people back until security in Afghanistan improved.

"Afghans who sought asylum in Europe feel far more secure than in Afghanistan. These people, who worked hard in European countries for years, are now being sent back where they are targeted," Omar Waraich, deputy South Asia director for Amnesty, told Al Jazeera.

"Afghan government has to deal with the recent influx of people who have not lived in Afghanistan for years and have no home, no possessions or safety, can you imagine what their situation would be like."

The majority of Afghans who leave the country to seek asylum in Europe do so through Iran and Turkey, then cross the Mediterranean Sea by boat. - More


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