Europe may deport 80,000 Afghan asylum-seekers
KABUL (Pajhwok): Under a secret plan, more than 80,000 Afghans may be deported from Europe in the near future, a leading British newspaper reported on Tuesday.
If the Afghan government does not agree to the mass repatriation of failed asylum-seekers, the European Commission may threaten it with a drastic cut in aid -- about 40 per cent of the country's GDP.
According to The Guardian, the Afghan elite will be rewarded with university places in Europe as part of an explicit EU strategy to use aid and trade as incentives for foreign governments to take back migrants.
A joint discussion document, which was sent to ambassadors on March 3, warns of escalating terrorist violence in Afghanistan, which resulted in 11,000 civilian casualties last year, and a failing economy.
In order keep flows at their current levels for 2017-20, the EU plans to host an international donor summit for Afghanistan. The initiative is aimed to raise enough aid to the impoverished country.
The document says: "It is critical that substantial progress is made in the negotiations with the Afghan government on migration by early summer, giving the member states and other donors the confidence that Afghanistan is a reliable partner...”
The unity government, highly aid-dependent, is unlikely to prevail due to security, economic and political challenges,in the absence of continued high levels of international assistance.
Last year, around 176,000 Afghans claimed asylum in the EU. About six in 10 are eligible for refugee status, a rate that has risen. They account for a quarter of asylum-seekers landing in Greece.
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