Turkey deported thousands to Afghanistan since January

According to the study, Turkey deports up to a thousand Afghan refugees to their country of origin every week…reports Asian Lite News

Turkey deported at least 9,000 refugees from Afghanistan back to the war-torn country since the beginning of 2023, Khaama Press quoted Human Rights Watch in Turkey as saying.

Ali Hekmat, the director of the Association for the Support of Afghan Refugees in Turkey, claims that between January 1 and the first week of April, the nation deported 29,000 refugees, the bulk of them were 8,780 Afghan and 1,581 Pakistani citizens, reported Khaama Press. Citing a study, Khaama Press reported that Turkey deports up to a thousand Afghan refugees to their country of origin every week.

Organisations that support asylum seekers’ rights claim that by making the fight against illegal immigration the focal point of his election campaign, President Erdogan is attempting to grab the attention of voters

There are now more people looking for refuge than ever before since the Taliban took control of the nation.

Since the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021, thousands of Afghans fled Afghanistan to the neighbouring countries fearing persecution and death threats. Most of these people entered host countries through illegal channels, now facing serious problems including forceful deportation and imprisonment.

Moreover, several media reports claim that a sizable number of Afghan migrants have recently returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey. Some of these refugees returned home voluntarily, while others were compelled to leave their host country due to lack of proper documents.

Recently, Uzbekistan sent 185 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan consisting of flour, wheat, vegetable oil, pasta, canned goods, sugar, and instant meal items, Khaama Press cited Gazeta.UZ as quoting.

The humanitarian aid was dispatched to Hairatan on Wednesday, a border town in the northern Balkh Province of Afghanistan. The aid was transferred by the Uzbek special representative Ismatulla Irgashev, First Deputy Head of Surkhandarya region Anvar Oripov to the acting minister of Economy of Afghanistan, Deen Mohammad Hanif, Khaama Press reported.

Meanwhile, the Uzbek delegation discussed enhancing bilateral trade between both countries.

The humanitarian situation has gotten worse since the Taliban seized control of the nation.

Afghanistan continues to be one of the poorest nations in the world, Khaama Press reported, citing a recent research that the UNDP issued on Monday in Kabul.

The research also noted that the Taliban’s oppressive policies, particularly those that target women, have made the long-term prospects for economic growth bleak and insufficient.

Since the Taliban seized power in Kabul, the human rights situation has been exacerbated by a nationwide economic, financial and humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale.

The Taliban dismantled the system to respond to gender-based violence, created new barriers to women accessing health care, blocked women’s aid workers from doing their jobs, and attacked women’s rights protesters. (ANI)

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