The unending conflict in Afghanistan drove nearly 250,000 Afghans from the country in 1394, creating a massive migrant problem for the government.
According to the Afghan Minister of Refugees and Repatriations, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, nearly 3,000 migrants drowned off international waters during this period. Afghan migrants constitute 12 percent of the total number of refugees to have fled to Europe in the past few months.
The flow of migrants is the worst in 15 years and emerged as a result of Afghanistan’s political uncertainty, violence and economic recessions.
Statistics from the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations on Afghan Migrants during 1394 are as follows:
– 250,000 Afghans fled the country for the EU – with the majority being youth.
– 300 drowned of Greek waters
– 5,000 still stranded on Greece-Macedonia border
– 1,500 others repatriated from Germany on a volunteer basis
“My friends and some other refugees suggested to me not to consult refugee centers in Greece and there is a possibility that the Greece officials will send us back to Afghanistan, but life in Afghanistan is under threat,” an Afghan migrant in Greece, Mohammad Wali, said.
“Almost 95 percent of Afghan migrants who have reached Germany constitute economic migrants and there is the possibility that up to half of these migrants will be sent back to Afghanistan,” said Sher Aqa Nejati, a migration expert in Germany.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations has said that following the closure of the Greece-Macedonia border, the fleeing of Afghan refugees has dropped by 50 percent.
“It is regrettable to say that we lost a significant number of our youth during this period, Afghanistan alongside losing its part of its physical power also lost huge amounts of money and it will take years for Afghanistan to heal from these loses,” Balkhi said.
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