This is because, for many Afghans, the war is only getting worse – something that’s easy to forget as international interest in Afghanistan wanes and most foreign troops are long gone.
In the past few days alone, 23 Afghan journalists have fled to Europe, hoping, like many others, to leave behind deteriorating security and threats from both Taliban and government forces.
The latest report by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan says that the Taliban and other anti-government forces, which have been responsible for 70 percent of civilian casualties, have carried out 44 separate complex and suicide attacks that resulted in more than 1,000 civilian deaths and injuries in the first half of this year.
Many Afghans arriving in Europe are fleeing from generalized conflict or persecution and are entitled to refugee status or other protection. They are likely to reach Europe in significant numbers as long as the violence, persecution, and insecurity that drove them, continues.