A recent press release by the International Rescue Committee reveals that only 271 Afghan refugees were resettled in the EU in 2022, a stark contrast with the more than 8 million Ukrainian refugees welcomed to the EU that same year. This figure means that only 0.1% of the more than 270,000 Afghans in need have been resettled. These statistics shed light on the empty promises of several EU nations to welcome Afghan refugees post Taliban takeover. Last October, Germany promised to welcome at least 1,000 Afghan refugees per month, but so far, not a single Afghan has been taken in. Instead, Afghan refugees are stuck in devastating conditions in the prison like asylum centers on several Greek islands including Lesbos, a familiar nightmare to many refugees since 2015. With little options, 1.6 Afghans have fled to neighboring countries like Pakistan and Iran, where there fate is yet again, uncertain.
Our cartoon of the week is dedicated to the Afghan refugees: “Immigration” by Musa Keklik. Source: CartoonMovement.