News Karnataka
Saturday, October 01 2022

Madrid: Spain accepts 294 more refugees from Afghanistan

Spain accepts 294 more refugees from Afghanistan
Photo Credit : IANS

Madrid: Spain has taken in 294 more Afghans in need of protection nearly one year after the last US soldiers left the country and a hardline Taliban government took over.

A plane carrying the Afghans landed at the Torrejon de Ardoz air base near Madrid late Wednesday from the Pakistani capital Islamabad, the Spanish government said on Thursday.

The Afghans were received by Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares, reports dpa news agency.

They are former local employees who had worked with the Spanish military, government and aid groups.

After Western troops left Afghanistan, they had fled to neighbouring Pakistan.

Relatives of the employees were also among those transported to Spain.

The refugees were taken to reception centre in Torrejon de Ardoz, the first step on their path to a new life in Spain.

Spain has now taken in 3,900 people from Afghanistan, according to government figures.

According to the UNHCR, of the more than 6 million Afghans who were forcibly displaced from their homes by the end of 2021, 3.5 million were displaced within the country, while 2.6 million were hosted as refugees across 98 different countries, accounting for one of the largest protracted refugee situations in the world.

The vast majority of refugees from Afghanistan are living in Pakistan and Iran.

Share this:
Support NewsKarnataka's quality independent journalism with a small contribution.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Visit 7Jackpots and find the best online casinos in India! Play the most popular casino games for real money!

Find the best odds at 10Cric and ipl betting 2021! Signup today and get up to a 100% deposit bonus.

To get the latest news on WhatsApp