Source: European Parliament
On 25 August 2021 some 60 MEPs from the EPP, S&D, Renew, Greens and The Left groups, representing 14 Member States, called on the EU to ‘immediately activate humanitarian corridors’ for Afghans who cooperated with Europeans before the Taliban took over.(1)
They take the view that the Commission should act as a humanitarian broker by bringing together and encouraging Member States to establish comprehensive and effective programmes to protect Afghan refugees.
The MEPs concerned point out that Directive 2001/55/EC on temporary protection provides the EU with a legislative and regulatory basis for setting up such corridors, but they are forgetting that the protection of its own citizens should be a priority for the EU. That much is clear, given that five Afghans who have only just arrived in Europe have been placed under high-level surveillance in France under measures designed to prevent Islamist terrorism.
1. Is the Commission bearing the threat of Islamist terrorism in mind in seeking to activate humanitarian corridors and carry out resettlements?
2. To which of the countries neighbouring Afghanistan is the Commission planning to provide money to support the reception of Afghan migrants locally?