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EU warns of security risks linked to migration from Afghanistan

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Oct 8 (Reuters) – Europe should take the security threats which may come up from migration out of Afghanistan extra severely, 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,” she advised reporters after a gathering along with her EU counterparts in Luxembourg.

The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August introduced fears in Europe of a replay of 2015, when practically 1 million asylum-seekers, principally Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, fled to Europe by crossing from Turkey to Greece.

At the second, the EU doesn’t see massive actions of Afghans in direction of its borders and the world has an ethical accountability to shield Afghans in danger, Johansson mentioned.

Nevertheless, she urged member states to correctly display screen and register all folks arriving from Afghanistan.

“This is really important for security. And I must say that I am pretty concerned about the huge risk of Al Qaeda being able to recover again in Afghanistan,” the Commissioner mentioned.

She cited a quantity of causes which may trigger Afghans to flee their house nation.

“The situation in Afghanistan is really dire, there is a huge risk of economic collapse, there is huge risk of famine and humanitarian catastrophe,” Johansson mentioned, including that even earlier than the takeover of the Taliban, thousands and thousands of Afghan refugees had been residing in Pakistan, Iran and Turkey.

Half one million folks have been displaced inside Afghanistan in current months, in accordance to the United Nations, a quantity which is able to develop if well being companies, faculties and the financial system break down.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold
Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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