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»Wir wussten, dass sie in Kabul keine Zukunft hatten«: Fluchtentscheidungen afghanischer Familien

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The German version of our study ‘“We Knew They Had No Future in Kabul”: Why and How Afghan Families Decide to Leave’ (link here) in cooperation with and funded by the Afghanistan office of the German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Foundation) (FES) is out now and can be read and/or downloaded here as well as on the FES website.

Afghan Refugees camp under a Paris canal bridge (September 2015). Photo: Evan Bench [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.Afghan Refugees camp under a Paris canal bridge (September 2015). Photo: Evan Bench [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

The increasing number of refugees and migrants arriving across Europe has led to heated debates and an increased political polarisation between pro and anti-refugee movements and parties over the past year, 2015. Afghans were the second largest group entering the European Union. Several countries have tightened their laws and tried to close their borders, while others are considering doing so. This study by AAN and FES explores the reasons behind Afghanistan’s increased migration, by focusing on the discussions and decisions at the household level.


The study consisted of 12 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with selected Afghan households from which one or more members left for Europe in 2015. This short study which is a result of a joint project between the AAN and the Kabul office of the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), is a summary of the main findings.


The findings of this study are and will continued to be further explored in a series of AAN dispatches, some of them again in cooperation with FES.

Here are the first dispatches: “The opening and closing of the Balkan corridor” (published 5 August 2016) and “In transit through Serbia” (published 8 August 2016).

Date of publication: 1 August 2016

Download the full paper here.


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