Heathrow Airport: Refugees on Afghanistan evacuation flight arrive at West London airport

Pictures have been released of refugees arriving in Heathrow Airport after fleeing Afghanistan.

An estimated 12,000 people have been rescued from Kabul since evacuations began last Sunday, The Guardian reports.

Evacuees include western government officials, aid workers and Afghan residents who worked alongside western governments.

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Roughly 95,000 refugees flew out of Kabul by cargo airlift operated by the US military, the BBC reports. A further 11,000 were rescued by the UK by Wednesday (August 25), including 7,000 Afghan nationals.

1,700 were evacuated by Germany, according to Germany’s defence minister.

Many other countries across Europe were involved in the evacuation effort, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, France and Italy.

Many refugees were taken to Uzbekistan, Qatar, or Pakistan, from where they were sent on to a receiving country.

Some refugees will be granted temporary asylum in Albania, Kosovo or Northern Macedonia so that American visas can be processed.

A large number of refugees will be taken to the US, which has pledged to take in 10,000 people.

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Australia, meanwhile, has vowed to shelter 3,000 people. Neighbouring Tajikistan said in July that it would offer shelter to 100,000 people fleeing Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban takeover.

As part of its new settlement scheme, the UK could offer sanctuary to 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan – and has expressed a desire to focus on women, children, and religious minorities.

According to the BBC, an estimated 2,000 Afghans eligible for the UK visa scheme have not yet been evacuated.

According to the United Nations refugee agency, more than 550,000 Afghans have been internally displaced since the start of the year. It estimates 300,000 have left their homes as a direct result of the Taliban seizing power.

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