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Violence compels returning Afghan refugees to escape again: NRC

31, Jan 2018 | CJP Team

The Guardian reported that, according to a study commissioned by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 72% of those who went back to Afghanistan after having escaped there and lived as refugees have been displaced at least two times. More than one million people have been newly displaced from Afghanistan because of the conflict in the last two years; the study said that an average of 1,200 Afghans were compelled to escape daily in 2017. Although the United Nations declared Afghanistan as “active-conflict” from “post conflict” in 2017, the report noted that rates of Afghans being offered asylum have significantly dropped in the last two years. “The rhetoric that things are better in Afghanistan and therefore we can return people is not correct. Immigration ministries are saying it’s safe to return, but this shows it’s not true,” NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland told the Guardian. In 2017, Amnesty International accused Britain and other European nations of violating international law, given that the number of asylum seekers compelled to go back to Afghanistan had increased threefold even as civilian casualties in Afghanistan peaked. The study also found a rise in child marriage and child labour among those who were displaced, of which just 25% of families obtained humanitarian aid.



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