Philippines Willing to Accept Afghan Refugees

Malacanang Palace announced on August 17 that the Philippines is willing to welcome Afghan refugees in the country in light of the Taliban take over.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra provided protocols last Wednesday, August 18, regarding the acceptance of the Afghan refugees and said there is “no well-defined order of preference” on who would be taken in by the country.

“If their status as refugees is recognized by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and they need temporary shelter in the Philippines, we have an emergency transit mechanism,” Guevarra said in a press conference.

Roque added that he will let the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) decide if the Philippines will acknowledge diplomatic channels with Afghanistan.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees remarked that at least 400,000 Afghans have been forced out of their own homes and displaced within their own country while many countries are already gearing up for a huge influx of refugees due to the rise of power of the Taliban.

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