Perturbed by harrowing scenes from Afghanistan as the Taliban take control of the country, Western nations are poised to make immigration policy decisions in the coming days that some warn could trigger another migrant crisis.
Critics argue President Joe Biden and his administration have botched America’s pullout from Afghanistan, and point to inaccurate assessments from the nation’s top intelligence and military brass on the strength of the U.S.-trained Afghan army. The Taliban, which controlled Afghanistan before the U.S. intervention in the late 1990s, has increasingly taken control of the country. Footage shows Afghans attempting to leave with U.S. personnel — sometimes ending in tragedy. The chaotic scenes have prompted a number to characterize their plight as a humanitarian crisis. Some western governments are opting to accept large numbers of Afghan refugees, which some countries warn could spark another migrant crisis stemming from a civil-war like conflict in the Middle East.