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Media Monitoring

Our media monitoring section features the latest news on data about Afghanistan and migration. It also provides a weekly overview of the most discussed topics in the media and useful information on IOM’s and other international responses.

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16-31 December 2021

Between 16-31 December, media coverage focused on the growing security challenges in Afghanistan and their impacts on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country. The vulnerability of Afghan women, food insecurity, and he situation of Afghans fleeing into neighboring countries were also featured in various media outlets.

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FOOD INSECURITY

Number of children suffering from hunger in Afghanistan rises massively 

More and more children are going hungry in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban took power in mid-August, the number of children who do not get enough to eat has risen by 3.3 million, according to the organization Save the Children.

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

Urgent call for help from artists from Afghanistan 

Many artists are on the run or hiding from the Taliban. The aid organization "Artists at Risk" calls for political action. 

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SECURITY SITUATION

Afghanistan lives in fear: "A war has begun between the Taliban and ISIS"

Afghanistan doesn’t get to rest. Besides the Taliban's reign of terror, a local offshoot of ISIS is also trying to assert its dominance. Farmer Ashkhanaji, who became victim to an assassination attempt during a prayer, describes the situation. 

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

US drone strikes killed thousands of civilians: report 

Nobody was ever held responsible for strikes that killed thousands of civilians in Afghanistan and the Middle East, a New York Times report has found. A US strike cell routinely sidestepped safety procedures, it found.

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ASYLUM

Almost 6000 relatives are waiting to enter Germany

In the embassies of neighbouring countries, Afghan family members face long waiting times for visa applications. Almost 6,000 Afghan family members are currently waiting for an appointment to join their families in Germany.

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SECURITY SITUATION

Afghans suffer badly from Taliban takeover 

The situation in Afghanistan is dramatic after the radical Islamist Taliban took power in mid-August. The country is suffering from one of the worst droughts in the past two decades. The economy was already struggling before the Taliban came to power and is now in free fall.

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

"There's nothing left out there for us" 

Since the return of the Taliban, a lot has changed at Afghan universities. Many students have not even returned. And among those who came back, many doubt their decision. 

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WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN

Left to fate 

When the Taliban came to Bamyian province, women's shelters had to close. Residents returned to their violent husbands – or are considered missing. 

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SECURITY SITUATION

The Exodus of the Hazara 

The Hazara minority in Afghanistan sees itself in a desperate situation. ISIS is threatening to destroy them, and confidence in Taliban protection is low. Many families sit on packed suitcases. 

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

China and Russia reject exemptions from Taliban sanctions 

While a one-year transitional phase allows the United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. China and Russia have rejected a US proposal in the UN Security Council to introduce "humanitarian exemptions" in the sanctions régime against Afghanistan. 

30 November-15 December 2021

Between 30 November and 15 December, media coverage on Afghanistan focused mainly on the looming humanitarian crisis and the increasing food security in the country. Several media outlets also continued reporting on the evacuation of Afghan nationals, resettlement efforts, as well as the human rights situation in the country. 

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FOOD SECURITY

World Food Programme: 98 percent of Afghans get too little food

Due to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, 98% of all residents are not getting enough food, according to their own statements. In a telephone survey conducted by the World Food Programme, almost no respondents in the country said they were currently eating enough. 

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ASYLUM

Portugal receives 273 Afghan musicians, artists 

Portugal has opened its doors to 273 Afghan citizens, most of whom are artists and musicians, following a joint operation with the National Music Institute of Afghanistan.  

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

Aid organisations in Afghanistan facing new difficulties

Aid agencies in Afghanistan report that they have faced numerous new challenges since the Taliban came to power. 

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ASYLUM

"Pure despair": Afghans in Germany fear for families 

Since the Taliban came to power, hundreds of thousands of Afghans have fled. Only a part of them managed to leave Afghanistan, many are hiding. Families of Afghans who could not leave the country are concerned for their relatives’ safety.

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

World Bank considers releasing humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

The World Bank move could shift up to $500 million from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) to humanitarian groups, according to a report by Reuters citing people familiar with the plan.

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ASYLUM

The perilous journey for Afghans to reach UK by boat

A growing number of men and children fleeing the Taliban join those seeking to cross the Channel from France. A look at smuggling routes from Afghanistan, across Europe, to the UK.  

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

Dozens of former security forces killed or disappeared according to Human Rights Watch

The Taliban leadership had promised a general amnesty to former security forces. A report now documents dozens of cases in which local Taliban commanders are said to have violated this.  

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

Afghanistan’s looming catastrophe 

As winter begins, Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. Without immediate action by governments and international organizations, there is the risk of a humanitarian disaster of historic proportions

15-29 November 2021

Between 15-29 November, media coverage focused on the growing economic instability in Afghanistan and further deterioration of living conditions in the country. The situation of Afghans fleeing into neighboring countries was also featured in various media outlets, as well as the vulnerable situation of women in the country.

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Evacuations

Thousands of local forces still stranded in Afghanistan

After the Taliban takeover, the German government promised to quickly rescue the now threatened local forces of the Bundeswehr and other ministries. Internal figures show that the mission is progressing slowly.

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Asylum

Thousands of Afghans seek temporary US entry, only 100 approved

More than 28,000 Afghans have applied for admission to the United States, but only about 100 have been approved since the Taliban takeover.

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Humanitarian Crisis

Aiders see the health system in Afghanistan "on the brink"

“Even before the political unrest, Afghanistan was one of the most dangerous places to give birth or to be a child,” said Acting Country Director of Save the Children in Afghanistan, Thomas Howells.

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Trafficking and Smuggling

Afghanistan looms large at EU-Central Asia talks in Dushanbe

EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen asked Afghanistan’s neighbours to prevent human trafficking as they met their Central Asian counterparts in the Tajik capital.

 

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Women in Afghanistan

Taliban unveil new rules banning women in TV dramas

Female journalists and presenters have also been ordered to wear headscarves on screen, although the guidelines do not say which type of covering to use.

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Trafficking and Smuggling

Sailboats packed with migrants seek Italy in latest tactic

The lesser-known Calabrian migration route is increasingly being used by wealthier migrants and from Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians and Kurds. The Calabrian route has seen 9,687 arrivals as of 14 November, compared with 2,507 last year.

 

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Afghans in Europe

How Athens became the unexpected hub for Afghan women

In recent months, Greece appears to have welcomed more women fleeing Afghanistan than any other country, turning its capital city into a remote hub for Kabul’s former political scene.

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Humanitarian Crisis

UN warns of bank collapse in Afghanistan

The United Nations warns of a total collapse of the banking system in Afghanistan. This would also make urgently needed humanitarian aid even more difficult.

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Asylum

Afghan refugees get cold welcome in Pakistan

Many Afghans are pushed over the border and into another kind of limbo.

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Women in Afghanistan

Taliban ban women in movies and series

In Afghanistan, the Taliban have imposed far-reaching restrictions on television content: They have banned actresses and the portrayal of foreign cultures from TV.

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Women in Afghanistan

The call from the embassy official struck her as strange

Suraya Pakzad helped improve women's rights in Afghanistan for years. In an interview with WELT, she describes what has changed in the country since the Taliban took power.

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Evacuations

"Abandoned": This is how desperate the situation is for local forces holding out in Afghanistan

So far, the German government has taken 8500 local workers and their families out of Afghanistan, more than twice as many are still stuck. Criticism is growing because of the slow evacuations.

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Humanitarian Crisis

UN: Millions of Afghans at risk of hunger

At least 18.8 million people in Afghanistan are unable to feed themselves, according to the UN. By the end of the year, there could be even more. The UN is therefore calling for more financial support.

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Humanitarian Crisis

German diplomats talk with Taliban

For the first time since the Taliban came to power, high-ranking German diplomats have travelled to Kabul. Talks with the Taliban also focused on the financing of schools in Afghanistan.

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Evacuations

1500 visas issued to local Afghan forces in the past three weeks

In the past three weeks, 1500 visas have been issued for former Afghan local personnel of the Bundeswehr. Since the end of the military evacuation, 3,000 local workers have received an entry permit.

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Many local forces received acceptance letters only during evacuations

The Bundeswehr flew around 5,300 people from Afghanistan in August. According to a report, thousands more received a commitment from the federal government very late.

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Humanitarian Crisis

Anxiety in Afghanistan as Taliban struggles for legitimacy

Despite a crisis of trust both within the country and abroad, three months after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, it is taking halting steps to pursue international legitimacy, a senior UN official in Kabul told the Security Council on Wednesday.

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Evacuations

The long odyssey of three Afghan women to Germany

The flight of three women from Afghanistan has come to an end after a long odyssey. They have now arrived in Berlin by plane, having previously failed to get to Germany at Kabul airport.

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Asylum

Afghans in Indonesia protest slow UN resettlement process

Afghan asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia protested in front of UNHCR’s office in Jakarta to urge it to speed up their resettlement.

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Asylum

Afghan refugees, fearing Canada has abandoned them, dig in for a hard winter in overseas purgatory

The Globe reports that some Afghans who were promised sanctuary in Canada are still wading through bureaucratic processes.

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Stranded Migrants

Kurds, others converge in French camp, seeking to reach UK

At least 1,500 migrants are living in tents on a lot in northern France as growing numbers of people fleeing Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries seek to traverse the English Channel.

7-14 November 2021

In the week of 07-14 November, media attention has focused on acute food insecurity due to drought and the country’s economic collapse. Media outlets worldwide have also reported on the ongoing evacuation efforts of the Government Germany. During this period, several outlets covered forced returns back to Afghanistan. Media reports the issue of return, forced and voluntary, amidst the compounding challenges facing Afghanistan.

The media coverage is in line with an IOM survey in which 80 per cent of respondents in the country say they have lost their jobs and livelihoods. A joint report from the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) notes that more than half the population of Afghanistan will face high levels of "acute food insecurity" from November to March.

According to IOM, just over one million Afghans have been sent back this year, including more than 28,000 Afghans in the last week of October. "The majority were deported, returning to Afghanistan often broke and broken, in need of health support, food and rest," said IOM Director General, António Vitorino. Read the latest statement here.
 

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Returns

Thousands of Afghans deported from Iran to Taliban rule

Between October 21 and 27, the latest period for which IOM has figures, 28,115 Afghan migrants returned from Iran, totaling 1,031,757 returns so far this year.  

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Food security

Can the Taliban avert a food crisis without foreign aid?

According to the FAO and WFP, 23 million Afghans — including 3.2 million children under the age of 5 — are currently suffering from hunger.  

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Evacuations

First German charter flight brings 329 people out of Afghanistan

These are local workers and those in need of protection, including their relatives. 

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Asylum

Asylum seekers from Afghanistan: Significantly higher risk for certain groups under the Taliban

According to the EU asylum authority, EASO, asylum applications in the EU from Afghanistan rose by 38 percent in August compared to the previous month. 

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Forced migration

Thousands of Afghans flee to Iran every day

At least 300,000 Afghans fled to Iran. It is estimated that at least 300,000 Afghans have entered Iran since the Taliban took power. Some 3.6 million Afghans are reported to live in Iran. 

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Italy: 1,200 Afghans to arrive with humanitarian corridors

New protocol has been signed in Italy for the arrival of 1,200 Afghans who need international protection.  

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Desperate Afghans turn to smugglers for help fleeing the country

The remote town of Zaranj, close to the borders of both Pakistan and Iran, is a major people smuggling hub.

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'What else can we do?': Increasing numbers engage smugglers to flee Afghanistan

Afghan migrants turning to smugglers in border towns like Zaranj are anecdotally increasing dramatically. Many of those fleeing had worked for the government or had other middle-class jobs. 

Disclaimer: This webpage curates public information and data. The opinions expressed in this webpage are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), nor its Member States and other stakeholders. The designations employed and the presentation of material throughout the webpage do not imply expression of any opinion or endorsement whatsoever on the part of IOM, its Member States and other stakeholders concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning its frontiers or boundaries. While the portal section "Afghanistan: Migration statistics, policy and news" has been made possible with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Switzerland, the contents on this section do not necessarily reflect their official policy or position.

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