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Six EU countries want to keep deportations of Afghan asylum seekers

Half a dozen EU countries have told Brussels they want to continue deporting Afghan migrants whose asylum-applications have been rejected – despite the Taliban’s recent military successes, including last week from one of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals. Involves capturing eight.

EU officials told reporters during a briefing on Tuesday that they found it unimaginable that any EU member state would want to continue with deportations while the conflict in Afghanistan continues and the Taliban are shunning the US and NATO countries. Large infiltration is taking place in view of the withdrawal. But the EU says it is up to member states to do what they do, adding to the confusion over who has the ultimate authority – the member states or the European Commission.

“Given the context, it is hard to imagine that we will be conducting a forced withdrawal operation at this time,” said an EU official in Brussels.

Six EU countries sent a joint letter to the European Commission on 5 August warning against halting the non-voluntary return of Afghan migrants, arguing that any suspension of deportation could act as a migration magnet. will act and “inspire more and more Afghan citizens to leave their homes for the European Union.”

Germany, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece signed the letter. “We would like to highlight the urgent need for Afghanistan to return, both voluntary and non-voluntary,” the interior ministers of the six countries wrote in their collective letter to the commission. “Stopping returns sends the wrong signal,” he said.

FILE – Afghans deported from Germany arrive at Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan on December 15, 2016.

According to EU officials, about 1,200 Afghans have been deported from the EU this year – 1,000 voluntarily agreed to leave, but 200 or were forced to leave. Last month, the Afghan government called on European countries to stop deportations, saying it could not cope even as it tried to fight the Taliban.

Earlier this month the European Court of Human Rights told Austria not to proceed with the expulsion of an Afghan national until at least August because of the “risk of irreparable harm” to asylum seekers. Austria announced this month that it would deploy additional troops to its borders with Slovenia and Hungary, increasing the number of its border guards by 40%.

European leaders fear a new migration crisis affecting the continent and are negotiating another multi-year migration deal with Turkey to stop Ankara from going on its way to Afghans and other asylum seekers.

FILE – A Turkish-flagged passenger boat carrying expatriates leaving for Turkey leaves the port of Mytilin on the Greek island of Lesbos on April 8, 2016.

It will be a renewal of a five-year deal signed in 2016, in which the European Union agreed to Ankara to stop irregular Europe-bound migration, improve the living conditions of refugees in Turkey and promote legal migration through official resettlement schemes. Billions of dollars paid.

About 2,000 Afghans are entering Turkey a day, and migration experts expect the number to rise as the Taliban seize more control of Afghanistan.

FILE – German policemen register refugees at a train station in Freilassing, southern Germany, on September 14, 2015, before taking refugees on buses.

When asked at a press conference last month whether Germany should welcome Afghan refugees, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, architect of the 2015 open doors policy, which saw nearly a million asylum seekers in Europe, responded: “We can’t solve all these problems by taking everyone in.” He instead called for political dialogue so that “people can live in the country as peacefully as possible.”

The head of the United Nations International Organization for Migration, Antonio Vittorino, issued a statement on Tuesday saying he was “extremely concerned by the worsening situation in Afghanistan – particularly the impact on mobile and displaced populations, including the returnees.” He said that nearly five million Afghans have already been internally displaced.

Internally displaced Afghan families fleeing Kunduz and Takhar provinces due to fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces, sit in a field in Kabul on August 9, 2021.

Greek officials say Afghans now make up the largest proportion of asylum seekers who manage to navigate the Aegean from Turkey.

Speaking later on Tuesday, Adalbert Jahnz, the spokesman for the European Commission, said each member state would need to “make an individual assessment of whether a return is possible in a specific set of circumstances, which would have to take into account the principles, in particular from the principle of the rule of law and other fundamental rights.”

He insisted: “It is not something that the EU specifically controls.”

However, critics are accusing Brussels of being inconsistent when it comes to migration. Last week, the commission was accused of doing post-Brexit politics by sabotaging a bilateral deal being negotiated between London and Paris. In the proposed agreement, France would take back migrants who tried to enter Britain from France by crossing the English Channel on small boats and dinghys.

Migrants, launched off the coast of northern France, cross the English Channel in an inflatable boat near Dover, Britain,…
FILE – Migrants, launched off the coast of northern France, cross the English Channel in an inflatable boat near Dover, Britain, August 4, 2021.

Priti Patel, Britain’s Interior Minister, and her French counterpart Gerald Darminin endorsed “the idea of ​​a UK-EU reading agreement for mutual benefit in terms of preventing illegal migration, protecting vulnerable people and combating criminal gangs”. Preliminary agreement made. So far this year, more than 10,000 asylum seekers have crossed the channel.

But the EU pushed the deal, saying any agreement governing migrants is not a matter for individual member state governments to decide, but for the bloc as a whole.

Some of the information for this report was provided by the Associated Press.

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