Six EU countries are calling for the deportation of migrants to Afghanistan not to be suspended

The interior ministers of Germany, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and Greece have sent a letter to the European Commission demanding that asylum seekers be deported to Afghanistan despite the Taliban’s advance and uncertainty in the country.

In the letter to which Europa Press had access, the signatories recall that the bilateral migration agreement “does not contain any clause to stop or suspend returns to Afghanistan” and that international law obliges countries to “readmit their own nationals” .

Six EU countries are calling for the deportation of migrants to Afghanistan not to be suspended
Six EU countries are calling for the deportation of migrants to Afghanistan not to be suspended

“Stopping the return sends the wrong signal and is likely to motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their homeland for the EU,” they argue in the text that interior officials from these six member states lead the vice-president of the joint executive committee responsible for migration. Margaritis Schinas and Interior Commissioner Ylva Johansson.

The letter from these countries comes after the Afghan government asked EU countries in early July to immediately suspend the process of repatriating their nationals due to the uncertainty in the country due to the advance of the Taliban.

In this context, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Greece are calling on the European Commission to intensify “talks” with the Afghan authorities so that the deportations can continue “in the coming months”.

Brussels, for its part, has confirmed receipt of the letter and promised to reply “in good time”. However, the internal spokesman for the community council, Adalbert Jahnz, emphasized that it was the member states who had to decide and decide “individually” about every asylum application and possible repatriation.

“The legal framework says that it is up to each Member State to individually assess whether return is possible under certain circumstances, that is not specifically regulated by the European Union,” he said.

When asked whether Afghanistan could currently be considered a safe country, the spokesman also replied: “There is no European list of safe countries to decide on asylum applications and returns.” “The European Commission has neither the list nor the legal means to determine which country and in which situations returns can be authorized,” he defended.

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