EU mulls spending $355m to resettle 30,000 Afghan refugees | Business and Economy News

EU mulls spending $355m to resettle 30,000 Afghan refugees | Business and Economy News

The European Commission made the proposal to EU ambassadors at an August 26 assembly on Afghanistan, in accordance to a diplomatic observe seen by Bloomberg News.

The European Union has floated a plan to spend 300 million euros ($355 million) to resettle about 30,000 refugees contained in the bloc in a bid to avert a migration disaster following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

The European Commission, the bloc’s govt arm, made the proposal to EU ambassadors at an Aug. 26 assembly on Afghanistan, in accordance to a diplomatic observe seen by Bloomberg. The fee added that extra funds could possibly be made accessible.

An EU spokesperson mentioned the funding isn’t restricted to Afghan refugees, however EU residence affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson mentioned Tuesday that she plans to convene a high-level resettlement discussion board this month to deal with the Afghan state of affairs. Specific resettlement pledges would have to made by particular person EU governments.

The EU is keen to keep away from a repeat of the 2015 refugee disaster brought on by the Syrian conflict when greater than one million migrants entered the bloc. The EU will deal with growth help, together with assist for refugees in Afghanistan’s neighbors like Pakistan and Tajikistan to forestall migration flows from reaching the EU, in accordance to the observe.

“The EU will engage and strengthen its support to third countries, in particular the neighboring and transit countries, hosting large numbers of migrants and refugees,” in accordance to a assertion after a Tuesday emergency assembly of EU residence affairs ministers in Brussels. “The EU will also cooperate with those countries to prevent illegal migration from the region.”

An e-mail in search of remark from the fee wasn’t instantly returned.

‘Strategic Mistake’

Support for refugees is a fraught matter within the bloc, with a number of member states firmly opposed to accepting any migrants. Janez Jansa, prime minister of Slovenia, which at present holds the rotating presidency of the EU, mentioned on Twitter final month that Europe shouldn’t open any humanitarian migration corridors for Afghanistan to keep away from the “strategic mistake” of 2015.

Even although about 500,000 individuals have been displaced in Afghanistan this yr, flows of individuals into neighboring international locations have been muted, in accordance to the observe, which added there had been no important actions towards the EU.

The EU has at present suspended growth help to Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the nation however has earmarked about 1 billion euros below its present finances, in accordance to the observe.

These funds can be conditional on plenty of components, together with permitting secure passages, the respect of human rights, preventing terrorism and the creation of an inclusive authorities, the observe mentioned.

The variety of these fleeing Afghanistan is anticipated to rise, in accordance to the observe, with officers agreeing on the necessity for safety checks and to deal with the chance of irregular migration and human smuggling.

Officials additionally highlighted the dangers posed by Afghanistan changing into a haven for terrorists, the risks posed by the big quantities of weapons left behind by the U.S. and the Taliban changing into an inspiration for extremist actions and disinformation, together with within the EU.

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