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Immigration Service "constantly" monitoring Afghan security situation

The Finnish Immigration Service said that no deportees are "returned to areas where the threat of violence is extreme."

Mies katselee tuhon jälkiä Ghaznissa.
File photo -- A man looks on in a burnt building in Ghazni city, capital of Ghazni province, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2018. On Wednesday Migri said the security situation has deteriorated in Ghazni province. Image: AOP

The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) said it is closely monitoring the security situation in Afghanistan, and that security has deteriorated in some areas.

In a press release issued Wednesday, Migri said it is constantly monitoring the security situation in the South Asian country.

Migri said no deportees are returned "to areas where the threat of violence is extreme," saying that Afghanistan's security levels "may change quickly."

The agency said its assessments in matters of deportations are "always based on how the situation in a certain region is at the time when the application is decided."

Security level zones

"In practice, the level of violence in conflict zones is evaluated on a scale from low to extremely high. Factors that are taken into account include the number of civilian victims, the nature and intensity of the conflict, the number of people forced to flee within the country and the geographical spread of the conflict," the agency stated.

Migri also noted that the decisions it makes regarding deportations to follow a Supreme Administrative Court's ruling made in June, which said that "the security situation in Kabul is not such that everyone returning to the city would be at risk of being subjected to armed violence."

The agency reiterated an earlier statement it made at the beginning of August that "there are several areas in Afghanistan to which no one is required to return."

The security situation in Kabul is also constantly monitored by Migri, according to the release.

Security shaky in Ghazni and Frayab provinces

In particular, Migri said the security situation has deteriorated in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, following an offensive launched by the Taliban there last spring.

The agency said that due to the large size of the province, security levels vary within the region, which is home to some 1.3 million people.

"At the moment, the level of violence is high in some parts of Ghazni. Some districts in Ghazni are controlled by government security forces," the Migri press release reads.

Migri said that security levels have worsened in the Frayab province over the spring and summer, as well.

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