UAE Helping Thousands of Afghan Refugees, But Wary of Terrorists Infiltrating Their Ranks

So far, the Gulf state has taken in more than 8,000 refugees, who are currently awaiting entry to the US and Europe. They reside in Emirates Humanitarian City in Abu Dhabi and are being provided with everything they might need.

The Taliban* takeover of Afghanistan has prompted many Afghans to leave the country, seeking refuge in Europe and the US. Thousands are waiting for their paperwork to be processed, spending time in other nations, such as Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.

UAE to the Rescue?

The UAE is currently playing host to more than 8,000 Afghan refugees. All of them are being housed in Emirates Humanitarian City, located in Abu Dhabi. Some 5,000 arrived there via US military aircraft, while others were brought via UAE-owned evacuation planes or aircraft operated by NGOs.

A reliable source in Abu Dhabi, who is linked to the highest echelons of the government and who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, says they are being provided with “everything they need” while they are being hosted by the UAE. But he also said that they will need to leave once their visas to other destinations are finalised.

Fearing Terror

The UAE is far from being the only country that has been wary of letting Afghan refugees stay. Other Muslim nations, including Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and several Gulf nations, have been reluctant to do so as well.

And the reason for this, says the source, is the fear of terrorist infiltration. “The UAE hosts millions of expats from…

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