The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrad, received this Wednesday (25) in Mexico City a group of 124 Afghan refugees that includes journalists and scientists.
Afghan citizens were transported from Kabul to the Mexican capital on a Qatar Air Force plane. Journalists are correspondents for international media such as The New York Times, Washington Post and the magazine teams. All requested humanitarian visas or political asylum in the Latin American country. The Mexican government had already announced that it was ready to welcome the Afghans after the resumption of power by the Taliban fundamentalist group.
I received from reporters and members of local staff from various media who have requested humanitarian visas to Mexico for the latest successes in Kabul, Afghanistan. Llegaron with your families, 124 people in total including minors, 20 hours of flight: pic.twitter.com/8Qr27zxr92
— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) August 25, 2021
Among the refugees are five Afghan scientists, who were part of the robotics team Afhgan Dreamers, responsible for developing respirators to care for patients with covid-19 in his home country.
“Now we want to say with all our heart ‘they are in their homes’ and Mexico honors their tradition and the future we want to have,” declared the foreign minister.
“With the Taliban in power, things are not in our favor. However, we are honored to be here, safe. You saved our lives and our dreams,” said Fatemah Qaderyan
In Latin America, Chile and Costa Rica also expressed their willingness to receive Afghans. Brazil announced that it could receive them, but stressed that refugees must follow the facilitated asylum application process, similar to the procedure applied to Venezuelans.
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So far, UK, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Bahrain, Kazakhstan. Kuwait, Qatar, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, UAE and Uganda agreed to offer political asylum.
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the country that hosts the most Afghan refugees is Pakistan, with 1.45 million people by 2020. Next would be Iran with 780 thousand people and Germany with 181,000 people.
* With information from Telesur and La Jornada.
Edition: Thales Schmidt