Spain expects second planeload of Afghan refugees from Pakistan

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Passengers leave to board on a Pakistan International Airlines plane at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 13, 2021. Photo — AFP
Passengers go away to board on a Pakistan Worldwide Airways aircraft on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 13, 2021. Photograph — AFP

MADRID: A second flight carrying Afghan refugees was anticipated to reach in Spain on Tuesday from Pakistan a day after a primary flight for individuals who labored for Madrid within the war-torn nation, a authorities supply stated.

Tuesday’s arrival with round 160 individuals was scheduled for round 7pm (1700 GMT) on the Torrejon de Ardoz army airbase exterior Madrid, authorities sources stated on situation of anonymity.

On Monday, 84 individuals had arrived on the primary aircraft, the sources added.

Spanish evacuations have been weeks within the making, with International Minister Jose Manuel Albares visiting Pakistan and Qatar in early September to put the groundwork.

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Madrid evacuated greater than 2,000 individuals, most of them had been Afghans who had labored for Spain and their households, throughout the western withdrawal because the Taliban seized energy in Kabul in August.

However the flights needed to cease as soon as the final American troops, who had been defending the Kabul airport, left.

The European Union’s high diplomat, Josep Borrell, on Friday urged the bloc’s member states to host a “minimal” of between 10,000 and 20,000 extra Afghan refugees.

“To welcome them, we have now to evacuate them, and we’re getting right down to it, nevertheless it’s not simple,” he stated in Madrid.

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The EU has stated a requirement by the UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees to soak up 42,500 Afghan refugees over 5 years could be achieved — though any choice lies with member states.