EU warns of security risks linked to migration from Afghanistan


Europe must take security threats that could arise from migration out of Afghanistan more seriously, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson warned on Friday.
“On the terrorist threat from Afghanistan, I must say that my assessment is that the alert level is not high enough. We really need to do more,” he told reporters after a meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg.
The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August brought fears in Europe of a repeat of 2015, when nearly 1 million asylum seekers, mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, fled to Europe by crossing from Turkey to Greece.
At the moment, the EU does not see large movements of Afghans towards its borders and the world has a moral responsibility to protect Afghans at risk, Johansson said.
However, he urged member states to properly screen and register all people arriving from Afghanistan.
“This is really important for security. And I have to say that I am quite concerned about the enormous risk that Al Qaeda may recover again in Afghanistan,” the commissioner said.
He cited a number of reasons that could cause Afghans to flee their home country.
“The situation in Afghanistan is really dire, there is a huge risk of economic collapse, there is a huge risk of famine and humanitarian catastrophe,” Johansson said, adding that even before the Taliban took office, millions of Afghan refugees he had been living in Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey.
Half a million people have been displaced within Afghanistan in recent months, according to the United Nations, a number that will rise if health services, schools and the economy collapse.

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