Six EU countries are enraged by the open door migrant mess and are demanding tighter measures from Brussels.
Six EU countries have called for the bloc’s migration policy to be strengthened in the face of fears that Afghan asylum seekers may be allowed in.
Despite the Taliban’s advances in Afghanistan, the member states of the European Union wrote to the European Commission urging the deportation of Afghans to continue. As western forces go, the Taliban, who are striving to reimpose strict Islamic law, have made significant inroads in their drive to topple the government. Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Greece, Germany, and the Netherlands have all spoken out against deportations to Afghanistan being halted.
“Stopping repatriation sends the incorrect signal and is likely to encourage even more Afghans to flee to the EU,” they said.
“As a result, we urge you and your colleagues at the Commission to step up discussions with the Afghan government about how returns to Afghanistan can and will continue in the months ahead.”
Many EU nations are concerned that the current state of disarray in the region will contribute significantly to the creation of another migration crisis.
Belarus’ dictatorship has previously been accused of using the crisis to fight a “hybrid war” on Brussels by facilitating illegal migration into the EU.
The Commission has acknowledged receipt of the letter and will reply to their concerns as soon as possible.
“At an EU level, there isn’t a list of countries considered safe in relation to asylum applications or returns,” a spokeswoman for the Brussels-based executive said.
“It is the responsibility of each member state to consider… the country of origin and the situation of the individual in question.”
On August 18, an extraordinary meeting of EU home affairs ministers is set to address the problem.
Approximately 570,000 Afghans have applied for asylum in the EU since 2015.
Last year, 44,000 requests were submitted.
“We clearly recognize the difficult situation in Afghanistan in view of the expected withdrawal of foreign troops,” the EU countries involved said.
There are an estimated 4.6 million Afghans who have been forced to from their homes.
Governments urge Brussels to work more closely with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran to facilitate additional refugee assistance.
A top EU official warned that 400,000 Afghans had been displaced in recent months, with an upsurge in the number of people fleeing to Iran in the last few days.
According to the eurocrat, the situation is less serious than recent crises in Syria and Ukraine. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”