UN Reckons With Up to Half A Million Refugees

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The last evacuation machines of the Bundeswehr left Kabul in a dramatic scenario. However, the federal government’s aid campaign for Germans and Afghans seeking protection has not yet ended.

 

According to the UN Commissioner for Refugees, up to 500,000 people could flee Afghanistan in the “worst scenario” by year end. Germany alone has left a high four-digit number of people to the Taliban. More in the live ticker.

After the Taliban came to power, the United Nations is expecting up to half a million more Afghan refugees by the end of the year alone. “We are preparing for around 500,000 new refugees in the region,” UN Deputy Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements told reporters. So far, however, there has been no massive refugee movement.

The numbers are “the worst scenario,” said Clements. In the past few days, according to the US, a total of more than 100,000 foreigners and endangered Afghans were flown out during the large-scale evacuation operation at Kabul airport.

However, the Federal Foreign Office alone estimates the number of Afghans remaining in contact with Germany to be at least a high four-digit number. Most of the people are local staff who have worked with the German emergency services during the 20-year deployment in the Hindu Kush.

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