The EU is scrambling to prevent Afghan migrants from arriving by giving Iran and Pakistan €1 billion.
THE European Union has slid into disarray after member states agreed to pay large sums of money to Iran and Pakistan in exchange for allowing Afghan migrants to enter the country.
According to one insider, EU members decided to grant €1 billion (£858 million) to neighboring countries in order to take in refugees and prevent them from entering the bloc during a meeting of interior ministers. Indeed, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer warned that the agreed sum might increase if the neighboring nations “deem sufficient.” While thousands of Afghan refugees flee the Taliban’s clutches, the EU issued a statement promising to avert a large-scale migration crisis similar to others it has faced in the past.
According to Hans von der Burchard of Politico, EU states are concerned about a replay of the 2015/16 crisis, which saw migrants abandon Syria for Europe.
“Based on lessons learnt, the EU and its Member States are resolved to act collaboratively to prevent the repeat of uncontrolled large-scale illegal migrant movements faced in the past, by preparing a coordinated and orderly response,” the EU said in a statement released Tuesday evening.
“Illegal migratory incentives should be avoided.
“The EU should also step up its help for Afghanistan’s near neighbors to guarantee that those in need, particularly in the area, receive proper protection.”
The statement also promised to utilize Frontex, the EU’s border force, to secure the EU’s borders from unauthorised intruders.
Following a conflict over the failure to make guarantees to allow Afghans in need to legitimately migrate and live within the EU, the unnamed fund was almost thrown out.
Following the EU’s vow to secure its borders, certain ministers, notably Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, have stated that the purpose is to protect Afghans rather than prevent them from entering the bloc.
“The fundamental purpose is to assist people who are in deadly danger and no longer live in freedom,” he explained.
“It isn’t about securing borders and coordinating repatriation.
“I am vehemently opposed to this. That is not the approach with which the European Union should be proceeding today.”
There are 2.6 million Afghan refugees worldwide, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Iran and Pakistan are home to 2.2 million people, with the number expected to climb by the end of 2021.
The European Commission has expressed its optimism. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”