Afghan Refugees. Q&A on Afghans Fleeing Taliban (HRW)


Afghans from northern provinces, who fled their homes due to fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces, take refuge in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 13, 2021. ©2021 AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

All governments should ensure that Afghans at risk of persecution have the opportunity to seek asylum, Human Rights Watch said in a question-and-answer document.

“What’s Next for Afghans Fleeing the Taliban” analyzes the legal obligations and range of policy options available to governments responding to the flight of Afghans who fear returning to Afghanistan. Countries neighboring Afghanistan should allow Afghan asylum seekers to enter. Donor countries should offer resettlement for refugees and other safe and legal pathways for entry, as well as support for countries of first arrival and transit to meet refugees’ humanitarian needs.

Q&A on Afghans Fleeing Taliban | Human Rights Watch (


Afghan Refugees. Where Will Afghan Refugees Go? (Lindsay Maizland, CFR)

Tens of thousands of Afghans have scrambled to flee their country since the Taliban took over Kabul and much of the rest of the country last month. Half a million people could flee Afghanistan [PDF] by the end of the year, according to the UN refugee agency. Historical refugee flows offer insights into where Afghans could go in the coming months.

Where Will Afghan Refugees Go? | Council on Foreign Relations (


Afghan Refugees/Cities. What More Can Cities Do for Afghan Refugees? (GMF)

Governments have been scrambling to evacuate their citizens, embassy staff, troops and some locals who have been working with or supporting international presence in the country. At the same time, they are preparing “to ensure no wide-scale migratory move toward Europe.” In this volatile situation national leaders need to recognize that migration will remain an essential lifeline for those facing persecution in Afghanistan. As the Syrian civil war demonstrated, closing one’s eyes to this reality does not stop people from fleeing and will likely make it harder to find and communicate solutions in the long term. Acknowledging the urgent need for action, cities and mayors are raising their voices – where too many national governments are not. They are demanding humanitarian corridors for Afghan refugees, offering reception locations to their national governments, and are preparing local coalitions to host and support vulnerable people fleeing Afghanistan.
What More Can Cities Do for Afghan Refugees? | Strengthening Transatlantic Cooperation (

Afghan Refugees/USA/Albania/Kosovo – Albania, Kosovo say ready to temporarily house Afghan refugees (Euractiv, Reuters)

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Albania and Kosovo have accepted a US request to temporarily take in Afghan refugees seeking visas to enter the United States, the country two countries said on Sunday (15 August).

Albania, Kosovo say ready to temporarily house Afghan refugees –