Kabul fell to the Taliban on the 15th August 2021, as the United States failed to pull out of Afghanistan on the Biden Administration’s crude intended date of September 11th 2021 and began to stage a swift evacuation. The world was shocked by images of Afghans trying to cling onto US military planes as they left the country, with a few falling to their death rather than be left to the Taliban. A migrant crisis is now widely anticipated, following the Taliban’s swift take over and the hasty withdrawal of foreign military forces, with people that have worked with foreign militaries or that fear a repeat of the brutal Taliban rule of the 1990s expected to flee the country.
This situation is likely to generate a new refugee crisis, or at least worsen current migrant crises internationally; so how will the international community deal with it?
Will we see a repeat of Syria, with the bulk of refugees being supported by just a handful of nations and illegal immigration being an era-defining and divisive political issue?
Or are there more reasonable possible outcomes for this horrible situation?