The claim that Afghans “must” have “asylum” in Europe is, just like in Iraq, rapidly collapsing with the news that over 743,000 Afghans have gone back home from Pakistan and Iran since January 2016—with the active aid and assistance of the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).
Above: Afghans going home from Pakistan, financed by the European Union (note EU flag on the banner) and the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration,
According to the IOM’s latest “Return of Undocumented Afghans Weekly Situation Report, 12–18 February 2017,” since the beginning of January 2017, at least 9,286 Afghans have been expelled from Pakistan, and at least 41,847 have been expelled from Iran.
The IOM report said that 81 percent of “returnees” from Pakistan had received official “assistance” (that is money and supplies) to go home, and at least 10 percent of those being expelled from Iran had received assistance.
“While returns have declined in line with seasonal trends during winter, previous surges in returns have been unpredictable and an estimated one million undocumented Afghans still remain in Pakistan,” the IOM report continued.
The IOM—which is officially a “related organization” of the United Nations, said that it was “prepared to respond to increased needs and is appealing for additional funding to continue its emergency response programming.”
The IOM said that a total of 2,696 “undocumented Afghans” had spontaneously returned or were deported from Iran through Islam Qala (Herat) and Milak (Nimroz) border crossings from February 12–18, a 19 percent decrease compared with the previous week.
Out of that number, 824 were “spontaneous returnees” and 1,872 were deportees. “This brings the total number of undocumented returnees from Iran since 1 January 2017 to 41,847.”
The IOM provided “post-arrival humanitarian assistance” to 10 percent of the “undocumented Afghans” arriving from Iran at its Transit Centers in Herat and Nimroz, including 45 “unaccompanied children” and 14 persons with medical assistance needs.
During the same six day period, a total of 986 “undocumented Afghans” were either “spontaneously returned or were deported” from Pakistan through Torkham border (Nangarhar province) and Spin Boldak border (Kandahar province), according to the Border Monitoring Team of the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation (DoRR).”
This is a 19 percent decrease in returns from the previous week. The decrease is the result of the indefinite closure of Torkham border on February 17, and Spin Boldak border the following day, in response to a recent terrorist attack in Lahore.
Of the total returnees, 892 were spontaneous returnees in family groups and 94 were deported individuals. This brings the total number of undocumented Afghan returnees from Pakistan to 9,286 since January 1, 2017, the IOM added.
“During the reporting period, IOM assisted 81 percent of the undocumented Afghan returnees from Pakistan, including 110 single parents and 28 special cases.”
The assistance provided “includes meals, accommodation, Non-Food Items (NFIs), onward transportation and referral services, as well as food packages, medical services, hygiene kits, “dignity kits,” (female hygiene items) and “hygiene awareness training for kit recipients.”
Afghans are, according to official figures, the third largest group of “asylum seekers” to come to Europe after German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the Third World in to invade Europe in 2015.
The fact that the United Nations is simultaneously helping nearly a million Afghans to go back home, is prima facie evidence that the Afghan claim for “asylum” is patently bogus.