Mexico Welcomes Arrival Of Its 1st Group Of Afghan Refugees

Several of the original members of the Afghan all-girls robotics team, who have received threats from the Taliban, attend a press conference after arriving at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. After extensive international efforts and coordination from a diverse group of volunteers to evacuate the team, the girls are now begging the international community to help get their family to safety with them. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

(AP) — Mexico has accepted its first group of refugees from Afghanistan. The five women and one man arrived Tuesday in Mexico City, where they were welcomed by Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard. Ebrard told the group, “Welcome to your home.” The women belong to a group involved in the field of robotics. They had to travel through six countries to reach Mexico. They fled Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country earlier this month. Ebrard says Mexico will grant them “whatever legal status they consider best.” That could include giving them asylum or refugee status.


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