afghan refugees news: US wants Pakistan to keep border open for Afghan refugees – Times of India

WASHINGTON: Amid a surge in violence by Taliban in Afghanistan submit US drawdown, the inflow of Afghan refugees has elevated on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Contemplating the scenario, the US desires Pakistan to maintain its borders with Afghanistan open for Afghan refugees, reported Daybreak.
“So, in a spot like Pakistan, it will be necessary that their borders stay open,” stated a senior State Department official whereas briefing journalists on the brand new US refugee admission programme for Afghan nationals.
“Clearly, if individuals go north or in the event that they go through Iran to Turkey …(they) have a chance each to enter the nation in addition to to register with both the federal government or with UNHCR,” the official added.
Pakistan, nonetheless, seems reluctant to take action. Since 1979, Pakistan has hosted tens of millions of Afghans and greater than three million are completely settled within the nation. Pakistofficials argue that their financial system isn’t robust sufficient to soak up extra refugees, reported Daybreak.
Pakistan’s Nationwide Safety Adviser Moeed Yusuf who was on a US go to stated at a briefing in Washington this week that preparations needs to be made to maintain displaced Afghans inside their nation as an alternative of pushing them into Pakistan.
“Why make them dar-ba-dar (homeless)? Make preparations for them inside their nation. Pakistan doesn’t have the capability to take extra refugees.”
The demand by the US can additional sore the already strained ties between the 2 nations as Washington is attempting to rescue interpreters and others who labored for the US authorities companies, and their households beneath Special Immigration Visa (SIV).
The Taliban are particularly concentrating on these individuals who helped America of their struggle towards terrorism within the area. Furthermore, the Biden administration on Monday (native time) expanded entry to refugee applications for Afghans who labored with the US.
“This designation expands the chance to completely resettle in the US to many hundreds of Afghans and their rapid relations who could also be in danger as a consequence of their US affiliation however who are usually not eligible for a Particular Immigrant Visa (SIV) as a result of they didn’t have qualifying employment, or as a result of they haven’t met the time-in-service requirement to grow to be eligible,” the State Division stated.

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