Immigration Service Continues Afghanistan Return Freeze

United Nations agency says Kabul is no longer a safe place to send failed asylum seekers.

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Asylum reception Centre in Helsinki / Credit: News Now Finland

The Finnish Immigration Service Migri says forced returns of failed asylum seekers to Afghanistan will remain suspended over this weekend.

Earlier this week, Migri said they would freeze decisions on asylum applications by Afghans, after the United Nations High Commission for Refugees UNHCR issued new guidelines about the worsening security situation in the country.

The assessment is that Kabul, and other areas, are no longer safe and stable enough to send returnees back.

Statistics from Migri show that in the last year, 1147 Afghan refugees have arrived in Finland to claim asylum, with some 465 having their applications rejected.