Europe Desperate to Avoid Another Refugee Crisis

The massive border fence between Turkey and Iran appears to be a white snake slithering over the desolate hills. It only spans a third of the 540-kilometer (335-mile) frontier thus far, allowing room for immigrants to sneak in the dark.

In comparison to recent years, traffic on this important migrant route from Central Asia to Europe has largely remained consistent. However, countries in Europe, as well as Turkey, are concerned that the Taliban’s hold on power in Afghanistan could alter that.

The Tidal Wave Must be Avoided

Following a 2015 migratory crisis exacerbated by the Syrian war, European authorities are keen to avert another tidal wave of Afghan asylum seekers. However, those who assisted Western troops during the nation’s two-decade war are contemplating escaping to Europe.

They are furthermore advised to go to neighboring nations, rather than Europe. A large percentage of people staying in the area must be the objective, Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer stated during the week, reflecting the sentiments of several European politicians.

Per a highly classified German diplomatic letter acquired by The Press Association, E.U. authorities told a conference of internal cabinet members this week that the most valuable message from 2015 would not be to leave Afghans to their own devices. Without immediate humanitarian assistance, Afghans will begin immigrating.

Austria Stands Strong

Austria, which is among the EU’s immigration hardliners, has proposed establishing deportation centers in Afghanistan’s neighboring countries. This would mean that Afghans who have been rejected refuge can be deported, even if they cannot be returned to their homeland.

The heartbreaking images of people clutching to planes taking off from Kabul’s airfield have further added to Europe’s fear of a refugee problem. Thousands of Afghans fearing retaliation from the Taliban for cooperating with Western forces are being evacuated by US and NATO allies. Many Afghans, on the other hand, are unlikely to receive the same warm reception.

Even Germany, which has taken in even more Syrian refugees than just about any other Western country since 2015, is delivering a different message now. The other week, several mainstream politicians, notably Armin Laschet (the center-right European bloc’s nominee to replace Angela Merkel as a leader) emphasized that the 2015 migrant crisis must not be repeated.

President Emmanuel Macron of France stated on Monday that Europe should not unilaterally bear the brunt of the effects of the situation in the region. Macron also declared the need for Europe to foresee and defend themselves against substantial irregular migrant flows.

Britain, which departed from the EU in 2020, has announced that it will accept 5,000 displaced people this year and 20,000 in the ensuing years. Apart from that, there were few tangible offers by European countries.

In addition to removing their own residents and Afghan partners, European nations say they are concentrating on assisting Afghans, both inside Afghanistan and in neighboring countries like Pakistan and Iran. Ylva Johanson, EU Home Secretary Director, stated that Europe must not wait until people gather at their outer borders.