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Britain will accept 20,000 Afghan refugees

About 5,000 local staff of the British authorities, including their families, are currently being evacuated from Kabul, where the British ambassador has been staying at the airport to help obtain visas.

– In addition, we will also welcome 20,000 refugees, with a focus on women and children. Boris Johnson said in a House debate that 5,000 of them will arrive this year.

British Prime Minister He also said that no further British deportations of Afghans would be carried out for the time being. This is because UNHCR has advised against sending people back to Afghanistan due to the security situation in the country.

– But we won’t let anyone come here without permission. We must protect the security and interests of our country. Boris Johnson said there, I completely agree with Emmanuel Macron.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz / NurPhoto / Shutterstock

The French president stressed that he does not want a repeat of the refugee crisis in 2015. According to Boris Johnson, the British should start a new humanitarian effort to provide support in the vicinity.

Happens in one mode The world’s 1.44 million people are in dire need of resettlement, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – and several years later the Western world has shown remarkable interest in refugees with a quota system.

Last year, only 22,770 refugees were resettled through UNHCR – the lowest number in 20 years. Sweden received 3,599 of them.

The new British initiative will be the existing resettlement program for Syrian refugees, through which 20,000 Syrians have been granted asylum in Britain with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

During the debate in the British But the House of Representatives criticized the opposition for the slowness of the government.

– The crisis continues now – how long will the 15,000 who did not get a place have to wait this year? If it doesn’t happen quickly, we know what the consequences will be. Labor leader Keir Starmer said people would go to smugglers, and we would have irregular flows of migrants instead.

Labor leader Keir Starmer criticized the government's handling of the crisis in Afghanistan during a debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Labor leader Keir Starmer criticized the government’s handling of the crisis in Afghanistan during a debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

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He also strongly criticized what he described as the prime minister’s disastrous handling of the crisis.

– In July, the Prime Minister stood here and said there is no way for the Taliban to win. They cannot win militarily. Starmer said he was wrong and acted carelessly.

During the debate, Boris Johnson Also harsh criticism from several party comrades in the Conservative Party. Former Prime Minister Theresa May questioned why he had not contacted other NATO countries to see if the withdrawn troops could be compensated by the United States:

What does he say about NATO that we are unable to do anything at all when the United States withdraws? Russia will notice. China as well. It is a major setback for British foreign and security policy. The Prime Minister is pleased to speak of “Global Britain”. But where is the global UK in Afghanistan?

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