After the Taliban came to power: EU takes in around 40,000 Afghans

Status: 10.12.2021 02:21 a.m.

15 EU countries want to take in around 40,000 people from Afghanistan, where the situation has become increasingly dramatic after the Taliban came to power. Germany accepts 25,000 people from the contingent.

In view of the dramatic situation after the Taliban came to power, Germany and 14 other EU countries want to take in around 40,000 particularly vulnerable people from Afghanistan. This figure was announced by EU Interior Commissioner Ylva Johansson after a meeting of EU interior ministers.

According to a letter from Johansson to the interior ministers involved, Germany alone is ready to accept 25,000 refugees from Afghanistan.

A total of 60,000 images from the region

According to the Commission, the EU states have already evacuated around 28,000 people from the country in the past few months. The 40,000 now mentioned are added accordingly. According to the Johansson letter, there are actually 38,146 commitments.

The letter that the dpa has received mentions a total of 60,000 accepted admission places in the EU countries for 2021 and 2022. However, this number does not only apply to Afghanistan. Around two thirds of these are for the protection of Afghans, writes Johansson.

More than half of the population does not have enough to eat

The reception of the people is co-financed from EU funds. After the Taliban came to power at the end of August, the EU states decided not to make any concrete commitments to accept people from Afghanistan for the time being. In this way, incentives for illegal migration should be avoided. Instead, it should be ensured that people in need in the immediate vicinity of Afghanistan receive adequate protection, it said at the time.

The situation in Afghanistan is dramatic after the militant Islamist Taliban came to power in mid-August. The country is suffering from one of the worst droughts in two decades. The economy was battered before the Taliban came to power and is now in free fall.

According to the UN, more than half of the population does not have enough to eat. According to Amnesty International, women victims of violence hardly receive any help. Many people fear retaliation by the Taliban and try to flee.

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