More than 100 Afghans believed to be threatened by the Taliban have been granted temporary asylum in Greece after being evacuated by special plane to the northern city of Thessaloniki
Greek officials said that among the 119 people on board were Mohibullah Samim, the former Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs of Afghanistan. Other passengers included a lawyer prosecuting Taliban suspects, women’s rights activists and a female judge.
Passengers will stay in Greece until they can travel to other countries, including the United States and Canada.
Greece has strengthened security measures on its eastern border to avoid a recurrence of the uncontrolled immigration wave of 2015 when about 1 million people traveled to more prosperous European countries to enter the country illegally from Turkey. Despite concerns, Greece did not see a large influx of Afghan refugees trying to enter illegally this fall.
Greece also took a group of Afghan female judges and former congressmen and their families, a total of about 700 people.
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