UN says Afghan nationals not fleeing to Iran and Pakistan despite Taliban’s victory

The UN refugee agency reported on Friday Afghans have not been fleeing in large numbers across the borders to neighboring countries, Iran and Pakistan, in the wake of the Taliban’s return to national power, but some have crossed over indicating they intend to claim asylum.

Spokesman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Babar Baloch, speaking from Islamabad, stated that the numbers leaving Afghanistan “remain small”, but gave no figures.

“So far what we have not seen is a large refugee influx,” Baloch told a Geneva news briefing.

Up to 500,000 Afghans could flee their homeland by year-end, the UNHCR said last week.

Source: Reuters

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