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Brussels is drafting a 600 million euro EU package to help neighboring Afghanistan accept refugees as it tries to avoid a recurrence of the Syrian immigration crisis in 2015.
After the Taliban occupied Afghanistan Quit suddenly The American and Allied forces have raised concerns about the country’s instability and the possible large numbers of displaced persons and refugees fleeing Islamic militant groups.
Many EU countries have warned that the EU must take action to prevent similar 2015 refugee crisis Provoked by the Syrian war. More than 1 million immigrants entered Europe, sparking fierce quarrels among member states and weakening Brussels’ legal mechanism for assigning asylum seekers.
EU officials said that the proposal is to provide about 600 million euros to neighboring countries to help them accommodate refugees fleeing the Taliban regime. This may mean that Brussels provides cash to Pakistan, possibly Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and even Iran, which is subject to international sanctions.
The plan reflects Brussels’ temporary efforts to alleviate the 2015 crisis by providing financial support to Turkey in exchange for the country to absorb refugees rather than allowing them to continue to Europe.
Since the 2015 crisis, immigration has been a sensitive topic in EU countries. Even before the Taliban took over, mainly eastern countries sounded the alarm about Belarus’ efforts to encourage immigrants (some of them from Afghanistan) to enter the European Union with a strategy, which the committee described as “Aggressive behavior. “
The European Union’s interior ministers convened an emergency meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the impact of power changes in Afghanistan. On Monday night, the last group of American soldiers flew out of Kabul, and Washington ended the 20-year war in the country.
In a statement at the beginning of the meeting, the interior ministers of Austria, Denmark and the Czech Republic stated that “the most important thing now is to send the correct message to the region: stay there and we will support the region and help people.”
It is expected that no agreement will be reached during Tuesday’s talks. The amount of financial assistance will be adjusted after consultation with other international partners, including the United Kingdom. The G7 interior ministers will hold their first meeting next week.
Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission, told the Financial Times: “We are at the beginning of the budget cycle, and we will not be as careful as we did in 2015.” “I don’t think money is a problem.”
Cinas said that compared with the crisis in 2015, the EU is seeking negotiations with Afghanistan’s neighbors as soon as possible. “We will get closer to this issue and let the Afghans find something on the way instead of letting them fall into the hands of smugglers.”
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stated that the EU needs to act quickly to “avoid another failure of the West.”
“It is very important to speed up diplomatic efforts. I hope that the European Commission, if we reach a political agreement today, if neighboring countries accept Afghan refugees, they will strongly support it,” he told reporters at a meeting on Tuesday. “If we act quickly, we will not repeat the mistakes of 2015. If we make mistakes and argue for too long, then there will be no good development in the next few months.”
Seehofer added: “I don’t think it is very smart to talk about numbers, because numbers have a pulling effect.”
The 600 million euros to be provided by the committee will be part of Afghanistan’s 1 billion euro aid package. This will include approximately 300 million euros in direct humanitarian assistance, most of which is dedicated to women, girls and other vulnerable groups in the country.