According to the latest data from the EU border agency Frontex, more Afghans than Syrians have migrated to the European Union so far this year.
Since January 2019, nearly 17,000 Afghans have crossed the Aegean Sea to reach EU shores, Frontex reported.
Mostly Afghan migrants who are traveling to Europe were born in Iran, according to a senior EU official.
They are leaving because “the US policy has significantly deteriorated the economic situation in Iran,” the official said.
Iran’s economy has been degraded since US President Donald Trump re-imposed sanctions last year to pressure Tehran to renegotiate a previous nuclear deal that the US had exited, according to the Reuters report.
Around half of the Afghan asylum-seekers had been living in Iran before attempting the crossing through Turkey into the EU and now the Afghans workers are leaving to get better ways to support families left behind in Afghanistan.
The EU officials warned that the increasing number of Afghans poses a more immediate problem.
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