The leading EU states have sent a letter to the European Commission calling not to halt the expulsion of illegal migrants back to Afghanistan, despite the ongoing crisis in the country.
Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Greece and Belgium representatives (Interior Ministers or in charge of Migration) were among the signatories, who asked the European Commission to guarantee the forced return of certain Afghans.
“I have sent a letter to the European Commission calling for the continuation of the forced repatriation of individual Afghan citizens,” Belgian Secretary of State for Migration and Asylum Sammi Mahdi wrote on Twitter.
Ja, ik heb in een brief samen met Duitsland, Oostenrijk, Nederland, Denemarken en Griekenland aan de Commissie gevraagd om gedwongen terugkeer van bepaalde Afghanen te blijven garanderen. Waarom? #draadje 👇
— Sammy Mahdi (@SammyMahdi) August 9, 2021
The six countries express their ” concern ” about the current evolution of ” irregular migration ” from Afghanistan to Europe, and call for strengthening support initiatives in the region. In other words, they claim that it is better to cooperate more with Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries to ensure a safe living environment for the citizens, rather than seeing them fleeing to Europe.
“Just because parts of a country are dangerous doesn’t mean any citizen of that country is automatically entitled to protection,” Sammy Mahdi wrote on Twitter.
The letter was a response to the report from the European Union representatives in Afghanistan sent to the member States. In their turn, they were asking to temporary halt the forced return of migrants to Afghanistan for security reasons.
The spokespersons for the European Commission, Adalbert Jahnz, recalled that the decisions on return of migrants are made on a national level.
“Of course we remain in close contact with Member States regarding these returns, and we have taken note of the different approaches regarding the suspension of returns (decreed by Afghanistan, Editor’s note),” he noted. But ” every decision to return is a national decision.”
However, there is another important question posed to the EU, rather to include Afghanistan to the list of dangerous states or not. If yes, European countries will be forced to welcome more Afghan refugees.
The issue should be discussed at an emergency videoconference of the interior ministers of the EU countries, which will be held on August 18.
Earlier, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, said that the number of refugees from Afghanistan could double by the end of this year. Moreover, we are talking about both legal and illegal immigration.
Meanwhile, the U.S. and its European allies call on their citizens to leave the country.
On August 13, Denmark has become the first country in the EU to offer residency to those it has worked with in Afghanistan. The offer is open to Afghan nationals that have worked at the Danish embassy in Kabul and or as interpreters with the country’s troops.
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