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Afghanistan: ‘The best way to prevent a migratory crisis is to prevent a humanitarian crisis’

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The EU is co-ordinating with the UN and its agencies, other countries, especially with those in the neighbourhood to stabilize the region and to ensure that humanitarian aid can reach vulnerable populations and to offer support to countries who are hosting those who have already fled in the neighbourhood. In particular, the EU has already agreed to quadruple financial assistance. Europol is also being asked to look at the security risks that could emerge.

The EU is co-ordinating with the UN and its agencies, other countries, especially with those in the neighbourhood to stabilize the region and to ensure that humanitarian aid can reach vulnerable populations and to offer support to countries who are hosting those who have already fled in the neighbourhood. In particular, the EU has already agreed to quadruple financial assistance. Europol is also being asked to look at the security risks that could emerge.

The EU will also strengthen its action to prevent what it calls illegal migration by mandating the EU agencies to operate to their full extent, and help with capacity building, but the statement also acknowledges the need to support and provide adequate protection to those in need, in line with EU law and our international obligations.

Reacting to the Home Affairs Council, European Parliament President David Sassoli said: “We were very disappointed with yesterday’s Home Affairs Council conclusions. We have seen countries outside the European Union come forward to welcome Afghan asylum seekers, but we have not seen a single member state do the same. Everyone rightly thought of those who worked with us and their families, but none had the courage to offer refuge to those whose lives are still in danger today. We cannot pretend that the Afghan question does not concern us, because we participated in that mission and shared its objectives and aims.”

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