EU offset illegal migration crisis from Afghanistan
August 31, 2021
According to a proposal remark, the EU intends to increase financial assistance to Afghanistan’s neighbors and prevent “uncontrolled extensive illegal migration” following the Taliban’s takeover.
On Tuesday, Interior ministers from the 27-nation group will contact in Brussels, for urgent dialogue to prevent a repeat of the 2015 migration crisis, which saw over one million people enter the EU. According to the report compiled for the meeting, “focusing on learning lessons, the EU and its Member States are decided to participate mutually to avoid the occurrence of uncontained large-scale illegal migration movements encountered in the past, by trying to prepare an organized and neat and tidy response.”
It said, the EU will “collaborate and enhance its aid to third countries, particularly bordering and transit countries, planning to host large numbers of migrants and refugees, to intensify their potentials to provide protection, dignified and safe receiving conditions, and sustainable livelihood for refugees and host communities”.
The statement, which is subject to change, also addressed security concerns emanating from Afghanistan, stating that member states “will do everything in their power to make sure that the circumstance in Afghanistan does not result in new security risks for EU citizens,” including sharing intelligence and security screening on evacuees.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, told Italy’s Corriere Della Sera newspaper that the EU needed to “communication and interpersonal with bordering countries to rectify issues related to Afghanistan.” We must assist them with the initial refugee influx.”
“Afghans fleeing the country are unlikely to reach Rome in the first place, but Tashkent is a possibility” (in Uzbekistan). We must assist the countries that would be on the front lines.”
He said, we asked whether they would accept European financial help to conduct Afghan refugees,. “Europe’s absorption rate has limits, but nothing can be done without large and powerful cooperation.” Neighboring countries will be hit harder and sooner than Europe. So, that it also entails providing financial support to those countries, as we have done with Turkey.” The return of a right-wing Islamist group to power in Kabul on August 15 has thrown many Afghans’ futures into doubt, raising fears that millions will seek refuge in neighboring countries and Europe.
In 2016, Turkey signed an agreement with the EU to alleviate the influx of migrants, primarily from Syria, to Europe by sponsoring millions of entrants in exchange for a variety of benefits, including financial support. According to Borrell, the emergency in Afghanistan caused by the American withdrawal, has illustrated the need for EU to have its own military capability. He added, “When the Americans refuse to be participated, the EU must be allowed to step in to protect our interests”.