EU Requests Afghanistan’s Neighbours to Help Stop Migrant Exploitation

European Union justice and home affairs ministers pledged Tuesday to support Afghanistan’s neighbors to help them host people fleeing the new Taliban regime and prevent a new wave of migrants heading to Europe.

Ylva Johansson in a statement said, “the best way to prevent a migratory crisis is to prevent a humanitarian crisis.”

According to the statement, The EU Ministers held an extraordinary Council meeting to discuss developments in Afghanistan, more specifically in relation to potential implications in the areas of international protection, migration, and security. 

“The evacuation of our citizens and to the extent possible of Afghan nationals who have cooperated with the EU and its Member States and their families, has been conducted as a matter of priority and will be continued,” said the statement. 

The EU also said it will strengthen the support to the countries in Afghanistan’s immediate neighborhood to ensure that refugees in need receive adequate protection primarily in the region.

The EU added that will reportedly continue to coordinate with international partners, in particular the UN and its agencies, on the stabilization of the region and to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches the vulnerable populations, in particular women and children, in Afghanistan and in neighboring countries.

“To this end, the EU and its Member States will step up financial support to relevant international organizations.”

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