The EU Asylum Support Office (EASO) sees an increased risk of persecution for certain asylum applicants from Afghanistan after the Islamist Taliban took power in the country.

According to an analysis published by the Malta-based agency said that former members of the Afghan army and security forces, employees of foreign governments, media workers and human rights activists are among them.

The agency said the increased risk was due to the Taliban expanding control in Afghanistan.

According to a report across the country, applicants have fewer alternatives to turn to for protection. Cities such as Kabul, Herat and Mazar-i-Shari are no longer considered safe for some asylum seekers.

The Taliban takeover is also likely to have a negative impact on the status of women and girls.

According to EASO, in August the month the Taliban seized power, the number of asylum applications from Afghanistan to the EU jumped by 38 per cent on the previous month, making them the largest group of asylum seekers.

Syria had consistently been the main country of origin for applicants for years.

EASO’s report is intended to help decision-makers and policymakers in the European asylum system consider applications.

The agency creates profiles and ranks persecution risks for many social groups.

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