More than 100 Afghans detained in danger from the Taliban received temporary shelter in Greece on Monday, after being evacuated on a special flight to the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.
Additionally, Greek officials said former Afghan border minister Muhibullah Samim was among 119 people on board.
Among the passengers there was also a lawyer who had filed cause against suspected Taliban fighters, women’s rights activists and a judge.
The group of Afghans will remain in Greece until it is in able to travel in other countries, including the United States and Canada.
Greece tightened security measures on its eastern borders to avoid a repeat of an uncontrollable wave of migration in 2015, when around one million people illegally entered more prosperous European countries from Turkey.
Despite concerns, Greece did not see a huge influx of Afghan refugees this fall trying to enter illegally.
Greece also received flights carrying a group of female judges and former Afghan parliamentarians with their families, the equivalent of around 700 people. in total.
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