Afghanistan shares a border with Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, all Muslim majority countries. Whey don’t they go to one of them?
Hundreds of Afghan Muslim who fled their country after the Taliban took control in August remain stuck in a makeshift camp in Bosnian and Herzegovina on the border with Croatia. It’s been accused of illegally pushing back migrants as they try to make their way further into Europe.
The Guardian – While the allied forces struggled to evacuate thousands of refugees from Kabul amid threats of Islamic State retaliation, the Croatian police are allegedly robbing and pushing back to Bosnia dozens of Afghans who have left their country.
The Croatian police and Croatian interior ministry denied any wrongdoing, stating they were “determined to work together with the EU to prevent a recurrence of the uncontrolled major illegal mass Muslim migration movements we have faced in the past”.
“Our experiences from the migration crisis in 2015, when many illegal migrants pretended to be Syrian citizens thinking that this information would provide them with ‘easier asylum treatment’, are a lesson learned that we take into account all the time,” they added.
According to the UN high commissioner for refugees, up to 500,000 Afghans could flee by year-end, as thousands are already on the move. Those who have recently fled the Taliban will join thousands of other Afghans who left the country months or years ago, as well as asylum seekers from South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa who attempt the Balkan route.
According to the UN migration agency (IOM), there will soon be more Afghan asylum seekers in the Balkans than those from any other country. However, the message from Afghanistan’s neighbours and much of Europe has been that Afghan refugees are not welcome. Pakistan is completing a wall along its notoriously porous border with Afghanistan; Turkey has built a 93-mile (150km) wall along its border with Iran; Greece has also just completed a border wall, and Croatia is allegedly continuing to push them back to Bosnia.