Many Afghans who previously received asylum in third countries are unable to reunite with their close relatives, Shabiya Mantou, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Refugee Office (UNHCR), said this at a briefing in Geneva.
She urged countries to give visas to refugee families remaining in Afghanistan, out of humanitarian considerations and given the challenging environment.
"The principle of family reunification is protected by international law and regional binding legal instruments," Mantou recalled.
UNHCR fears that in order to exercise their right to family reunification, refugees will now have to overcome even more barriers than before, and the process itself may become more costly and time-consuming.
Some countries recently pledged to speed up these procedures, but the UN notes that this is not enough, and recommends simplifying the process as much as possible in order to end the ordeal of refugees seeking visas for their loved ones.