EU to discuss returning 80,000 Afghans to ‘safe zone'

Published May 11th, 2016 - 10:31 GMT
Afghan migrants wait in line at a Finnish reception center. (AFP/File)
Afghan migrants wait in line at a Finnish reception center. (AFP/File)

European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council is likely to take up a controversial proposal for the repatriation of about 80,000 Afghans to their country, a news report said on Wednesday.

EU development ministers, scheduled to meet in Brussels tomorrow (Thursday) are expected to discuss the possible return of tens of thousands of Afghans to stop further migration flows, reported a website that revealed the scheme last month.

In April, EurActiv.com disclosed a secret proposal of the EU Commission to declare the Hindu Kush a “safe region” and expel thousands of Afghans.

“On Thursday, Finance Minister Eklil Ahmad Hakimi will join development ministers and EU foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, for lunch, as part of the day’s agenda discussing Afghanistan, migration and development,” the report said.

EurActiv.com quoted a senior EU official as saying the issue of return of Afghan refugees to Hindu Kush “may be raised – one way or the other” over the lunch. Last year, 213,000 Afghans arrived in Europe, mostly to Germany and Sweden.


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