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EU Commissioner: ‘We should not wait for refugees to arrive at the EU’s external borders’

According to Elva Johansson, member states should increase resettlement quotas.

He wrote that the precarious situation in Afghanistan is likely to lead to increased migration pressures, so we need to be prepared for all possible scenarios. wraps johansson The European Commissioner for Home Affairs in a press release issued after an extraordinary meeting of EU Home Affairs Ministers.

The Commissioner stressed that refugees should not wait for the EU’s external borders to arrive, and that they should be prevented from heading to Europe via unsafe and uncontrolled routes run by human traffickers. At the same time, he also drew attention to the fact that people in immediate danger cannot be left to their fate, taking into account Afghan journalists, NGO workers and women in particular.

We need to support the displaced with international organizations and help them return to their homes as soon as conditions allow.

Johansson emphasized this point.

He also called on EU member states to increase resettlement quotas and offer more legal immigration opportunities for those in need of international protection, especially women and girls.

This would reflect our comprehensive and balanced approach to migration enshrined in the new Charter on Immigration and Asylum.

The Commissioner also noted that a large proportion of Afghan nationals have already fled to neighboring countries in recent years, which is why the European Union has provided €250 million in aid to the host communities. According to him, support should be increased in line with the situation.

According to European Commission statistics, more than 3 million people have been displaced in Afghanistan over the past two years. Most of them fled from rural areas to the capital, Kabul, with 80 per cent of women and children.

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