Efforts to resume the relocation of Afghan and American citizens from Afghanistan are now continued following escalating tensions between the Taliban and Washington over the release of Haji Bashir Noorzai, a credible smuggler affiliated with the Islamic Emirate of the United States. IN A REPORT, the US State Department said that asylum seekers would resume admission to the United States this week after a temporary halt in late 2021.
The Biden government had stopped accepting asylum seekers since late 2021, but exceptional cases were acceptable. Admission will resume this week, meaning that refugees from around the world who the United States has deported will be allowed to enter the country after January 11, according to the report, quoting the US State Department. Flight restrictions will be lifted.
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, some 55,000 Afghans have been resettled across the United States, and about 20,500 have remained at US military bases since Jan. 6. According to the latest figures from the State Department Refugee Center, as of November 30, more than 2,000 asylum seekers have been resettled in the United States for the new fiscal year. The ceiling for the fiscal year 2022 in this country, which determines how many refugees can be resettled in the United States, is 125,000.
Meanwhile, some US State Department agencies in Afghanistan assisting in the evacuation process have claimed that the Taliban are trying to relocate more fighters on evacuation flights and move them out of Afghanistan. According to the agencies cooperating in the evacuation of Afghan and American citizens, negotiations are currently underway between the Taliban and these agencies to safely resume the evacuation process. Thousands of Afghans and foreigners are expected to leave Afghanistan this time around.