AP: Official figures show that 100,412 persons applied for asylum in France in 2017, up 17 percent on the year before. The highest asylum requests came from Albania, Afghanistan and Haiti. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 20, 2017 Afghan soldiers and police who train in the United States go “absent without leave,” or AWOL, at far higher rates than those of any other country, possibly jeopardizing efforts to assist Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog says. Out of a total of 320 foreign military trainees who
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Alan Crosby October 5, 2017 Amnesty International (AI) says thousands of Afghans are being put in danger by European governments by forcing them home, where they face the risk of human rights abuses including torture, kidnapping, and death. In a report on asylum seekers being returned to Afghanistan from Europe, published on October
AP: A 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe in 2015 that involved her son and grandson carrying her through mountains, deserts and forests has finally been granted temporary shelter in the Scandinavian country. The Migration Court of Appeal said Wednesday it has reversed a decision by Swedish Migration Agency to deport Bibihal
The Guardian (UK): An asylum seeker has been flown back to the UK from Afghanistan after the Home Office was ordered by the courts to bring him back because he had been deported illegally. Samim Bigzad, 23, was returned to the UK on Sunday night after a legal battle during which judges said four times it
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 13, 2017 Germany has deported eight Afghan men whose applications for asylum were rejected, sending them back to Afghanistan on September 13. Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Hermann said the men were all convicted criminals and that at least two have been convicted on charges of rape. Mohammad Asif Abbasi, an
VOA News September 4, 2017 A 106-year-old woman thought to be the world’s oldest refugee is set to be deported after being denied asylum in Sweden. Bibihal Uzbeki’s son and grandson carried her on their backs as they fled from Kunduz in northeastern Afghanistan via Iran and Turkey in the hopes of finding haven in
SBS: According to a report by Swedish outlet Blankspot, centenarian Bibihal Uzbeki is due to be sent back to her home in Afghanistan. One of the world’s oldest asylum seekers, Ms Uzbeki fled the northern Afghan city of Kunduz when the Taliban captured it. Click here to read more (external link).
The Guardian (UK): Shakila Zareen’s asylum application was initially approved after her husband shot her, but it was later denied under Donald Trump’s new US migration policies. When Shakila Zareen learned that her husband planned to kill her, she fled to her mother’s house. A few hours later, she was alone in the living room when her
DW: Just weeks after a spate of attacks in Kabul forced Germany to halt deportations to Afghanistan, plans for more flights are reportedly afoot. Failed Afghan asylum-seekers could be forced home as early as next week. Click here to read more (external link).