Kabul has requested that European countries halt the compulsory deportation of Afghan asylum seekers for the next three months due to increased Taliban violence and a rise in coronavirus infections in Afghanistan.
The "war situation" and a third wave of COVID-19 infections have caused economic and social unrest in Afghanistan, the country's Refugees and Repatriation Ministry said in a July 10 statement, leaving the ministry "worried about the return of Afghan migrants."
The ministry added that it "does not consider the current situation in the country suitable for the forced return of Afghan migrants until the security situation improves."
The statement also expressed concern about the increase in internally displaced people and a new wave of asylum seekers to foreign countries.
The Taliban has gained control of a growing amount of territory in Afghanistan, including large stretches of the border since U.S.-led international forces officially began their withdrawal from Afghanistan on May 1.
Amid the rising insecurity in the war-ravaged country, many European states are deporting rejected Afghan asylum seekers.
Afghanistan has recorded more than 131,000 coronavirus infections and 5,500 related deaths.
Kabul Asks Europe To Halt Forced Deportations Of Afghans Amid Rise In Taliban Violence, Coronavirus Infections