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UNHCR: Europe to assist Afghan refugees keep away from disaster

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has said he does not expect large numbers of refugees from Afghanistan to arrive in Europe, as long as assistance is provided to those fleeing the country.

“The extent of any mass exodus from Afghanistan will depend on how brutally the Islamic Taliban decide to govern,” Grandi told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

“First of all, Afghanistan’s neighbors will be more likely to see an influx of refugees, especially Pakistan, Iran and, to a lesser extent, Tajikistan,” he added.

The head of the UNHCR stressed that “a greater danger to the European Union is likely only if refugees are not provided with immediate assistance and decide to try to travel to Europe.”

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