The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said Afghanistan’s economy could shrink by up to 30 percent this year, threatening millions of Afghans with poverty and spreading economic and security influence to Turkey and Europe.
Afghanistan has faced many upheavals since the Taliban returned to power in mid-August, resulting in declining imports, rising inflation, declining living standards and many internally displaced people who may to try to get out of it, the IMF has said.
Without giving concrete figures, the IMF said that the large influx of refugees “could aggravate the situation in the host countries, increase pressure on labor markets and lead to social tensions,” citing the need for assistance from the international community. At the end of last year, some 3.5 million people had been displaced inside Afghanistan, while there were 3 million Afghan refugees worldwide – half of them in neighboring Pakistan.
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