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Number of EU asylum seekers increase 40% after Taliban came to power in Afghanistan

Source : 112 Ukraine

In total, 56 thousand such applications were registered in the EU countries in August 2021
20:39, 17 October 2021

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In August, the number of asylum seekers in the EU increased by 40% compared to the same period a year ago. This is attributed, among other things, to the wave of refugees from Afghanistan. This was stated by the director of the European Agency for the Support of Asylum (EASO) Nina Gregory, reports DW.

In total, 56 thousand such applications were registered in the EU countries in August 2021.

Afghan citizens alone filed about 10,000 asylum applications in the EU in August. Some of these statements came from those who were evacuated from Afghanistan by plane from Kabul airport.

In addition, Afghans, who have been living in Europe for a long time, also applied for asylum.

Also, hundreds of thousands of Afghans sought protection in Afghanistan's neighboring countries.

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As you know, on August 15, a Ukrainian plane evacuated from Afghanistan along with compatriots also citizens of four other countries - the Netherlands, Croatia, Belarus and Afghanistan. The liner took out almost 80 people, including 8 Ukrainians and citizens of other states, who asked for an urgent evacuation.

Also on August 22, an Il-76MD military transport aircraft from Afghanistan landed in Ukraine, which evacuated 83 people, of which 31 were citizens of Ukraine.

On August 23, an airplane arrived at the Boryspil international airport with 98 citizens evacuated from Afghanistan on board, 27 of them Ukrainians.

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