A UN report found Afghanistan to be one of the most dangerous places in the world, but the returns to Afghanistan from the UK continue.
First published in The Canary on 12 January 2017:
Afghanistan has over half a million internally displaced people (IDP). This is on top of international Afghan refugees.
An average of 1,500 are forced to leave their home daily. The majority are children. They experience internal conflict and human rights abuses throughout the country. But lack of resources, and these large numbers, have strained health and humanitarian capacity to address the suffering.
Despite these harrowing numbers, the EU is happy to deport Afghan refugees back to Afghanistan. The deal will enable Europe to drastically reduce its own migration numbers. This is a move that has attracted great concern in light of the escalating violence there. Indications also suggest that the Afghan government had little choice in the matter, with the majority of the country’s economy dependent on foreign aid.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged extra staff to help fast-track the deportation process. And in May 2016, the government removed a blanket ban on deportation of under-age Afghan refugees.