The most obvious way to help is to resettle refugees. This means screening refugees, relocating them to the United States. Moreover, giving them legal status to work and receiving benefits when needed. Attaching some of them to NGOs and charities that will help them make a living in the United States. This recent surge in support for Afghans is based on awareness of America’s moral obligation toward Afghans. Especially those associated with the US military’s support. There is greater support for the stronger resettlement of Afghan refugees in the United States than ever before.
While there are promises and possibilities to help Afghan refugees, there is cause for concern for their resettlement. This represents the best hope for many, it is unlikely that we will resettle refugees to make a significant difference. A glance at the numbers of the richest countries makes it clear: Canada and the United Kingdom have pledged 20,000 refugees, Australia 3,000, and the United States 65,000 this year.
As important as this level of resettlement is, it is a drop in the ocean. When we compare the millions who flee from Afghanistan and the millions of Afghans who decided to leave before the Taliban took control. Many of these IDPs won’t even be legal refugees who may be eligible for resettlement. Other countries, such as Austria and Switzerland, have made it clear that they will not accept any refugees. Other EU countries will likely follow suit.
Why do Afghan Refugees find themselves trapped?
If we look at history, the likely outcome is that once the focus shifts from Afghanistan to local challenges or other global crises. Then, Afghan refugees will find themselves trapped in one of a few “temporary” situations. They may find themselves in UN-run refugee camps near Afghanistan. Iran, for example, which currently hosts 3.5 million Afghans, has set up tents near the border. But made it clear that it intends to repatriate Afghans as soon as conditions improve. Although refugee camps are always temporary, refugees may be there for years, perhaps decades, without realizing what can be a lasting and durable solution for them.
The second option is to move to an urban or semi-urban environment without the direct assistance of the international community. Some Afghans may choose to move to Pakistani cities. For example, where they have relatives and feel that they can earn a living by working informally. In such situations, many refugees feel they can maintain their independence and have some degree of control over their lives. But the disadvantages are serious: the work will be dangerous and often not enough to sustain them. Unapproved and inadequate housing; they will have to live with deep physical insecurity in their daily lives.
Yet the others will reject both options and instead choose to go directly to a country where they feel they will have a chance to start again. They know that if they arrive in Italy or Greece. For example, they can go in and get political asylum in a country that hopes to recognize them as legal refugees and legalize them. Will allow resettlement and eventually bring back their families. This is exactly what many EU countries fear.
Which option is sufficient for Afghan refugees?
None of these options are sufficient for many refugees who have faced the consequences. Most people will recognize it easily. One thing that we usually overlook is that just as the United States and its allies are largely responsible for the refugee flight situation. We are also responsible for the refugees who find themselves in these limbo states for years, suffering. severe physical and physical insecurity. This responsibility does not diminish the fact that we are resettling some refugees.
The United States and its allies have created the situation in which Afghans are now finding themselves: invading Afghanistan, failing to form a non-corrupt government that Afghans truly trust, and believe in, and failure to withdraw in a way that allows stability. Even if you think the United States is working in good faith and trying to do something positive. We are responsible for the consequences. Further, the refugees now feel that their homeland is no more a safe place and are unlikely to find a new country to call home.
What can be done to help the Afghan refugees?
This is always the hardest question. We need to be open to resettling many more refugees we are accustomed to. Also, adequately funding organizations that help integrate and assist refugees. We need to work with the international community to resettle large numbers of refugees elsewhere. In countries that have the resources to resettle refugees but have not traditionally done so. We need to work with governments in the region to encourage and assist refugees in integrating. For example, by allowing them to work and not isolating them in such camps. Where they can’t meet their basic needs or ignore them completely because they struggle to live in urban centers. Refugees that have already done a decision to move to Europe and elsewhere need safer routes. Further, humanitarian visas, and other programs that don’t force people to risk their lives to claim asylum.
This is a long command, but it seems that for many in the United States and around the world. The events we are witnessing make it clear that we have a moral obligation to Afghan refugees, which is very deep.
As the headlines are less emotional and other incidents draw our attention, it is important to remember that Afghan refugees will need help for a long time to come. The good news is that you can contribute quite easily to our Afghan Refugee Relief Fund. We are here to serve and take care of the needs of the whole family. Give generously to support this tragedy that has impacted the brave people of Afghanistan.