Afghans forceful deportation from Europe prevented: Balkhi
KABUL (Pajhwok): The refugee minister on Sunday said 40 percent of 250,000 Afghan asylum seekers in Europe might be deported by the end of the current year.
Syed Hussain Alami Balkhi was testifying before the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on problems Afghan refugees face in European countries including forceful deportation.
He said some European countries wanted to forcefully expel 40 percent of Afghan refugees (nearly 100,000 persons) without any condition.
“Our dialogue and meetings convinced the European Union to negotiate and not to expel Afghan refugees forcefully… currently the forced deportation has been prevented,” he said.
He said Afghan government was insisting on voluntarily return of Afghan refugees and would not remain silent in case of any discrimination against Afghan refugees.
According to Bakhi, more than 250,000 Afghans asylum seekers went to Europe in 2015, but officials of these countries had predicted the rejection of applications of 40 percent Afghans.
The minister said the Afghan government had decided to reach an agreement with European Union before the Brussels conference in October. He said Afghanistan would participate in the conference with full preparation.
The stay of 1.6 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and nearly 1.4 million in Iran has been extended, Balkhi said, adding migration was a national and regional phenomenon caused by recent insecurity and joblessness in Afghanistan.
According to Balkhi, nearly six million Afghan refugees have returned to the country since 2001 and more than 7.2 million Afghans are still living in some of regional, European countries and the US. Nearly three million Afghan refugees live in Pakistan, over 2.4 in Iran and 658,000 others in the rest of the world.
Deputy foreign minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai asked for the remaining Senate session to be continued behind closed doors and his request was accepted by the Meshrano Jirga.
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