September 19, 2021

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The United States has allocated $100 million to counter Afghan immigration

According to a statement from the White House, the money could go to international organizations, NGOs, US governments and agencies.

US President Joe Biden on Friday approved the use of $100 million to address emergency immigration issues related to the situation in Afghanistan. Agence France-Presse reports this with reference to the White House.

This funding will be provided by the Refugee and Migrant Emergency Assistance Fund (ERMAF) “to meet the urgent and unforeseen needs of refugees, migration, conflict victims and other people at risk as a result of the current situation in Afghanistan”.

The money will also support applicants from the US State Department for a special immigrant visa program, which has called for the evacuation of some 20,000 Afghans who worked for the United States as translators during the country’s war and now fear retribution from Taliban insurgents.

Funds can be distributed on a bilateral and multilateral basis through contributions or funding to international organizations, NGOs, and US governments and agencies, according to a White House statement.

The Taliban have launched a major offensive across Afghanistan in recent months. And he took advantage of the last stage of the withdrawal of US forces, due to be completed at the end of August, and raises fears of the possibility of a large-scale humanitarian crisis.

The United Nations recently estimated that half of Afghanistan’s 39 million people need humanitarian assistance. The United Nations also called on the international community to provide financial support to this fragile country.

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