Afghan migrants | Europe must protect itself from “terrorist risk”

(Paris) Europe, which is exposed to “increasing migratory pressure” with the exile of Afghans fleeing the Taliban regime, must protect itself from “terrorist risk,” said the head of Frontex, the European border surveillance authority.

Posted on Aug 31, 2021 at 2:40 pm

“Lessons were learned from the 2015 crisis,” when the war in Syria generated an influx of migrants to Europe, assured RTL Fabrice Leggeri at the end of a meeting of interior ministers dedicated to the 27 Afghanistan.

We have a good compromise between, on the one hand, the moral and humanitarian need to protect the Afghan people. […] and, on the other hand, the need to protect our external borders of the European Union from the arrival of people who are economic migrants and also people who threaten the internal security of Europe and are particularly connected to terrorist movements.

Fabrice Leggeri, Director of Frontex, the European border surveillance agency.

With the imminent exile of Afghans, which the United Nations estimates at 500,000 people, “there is a threat of terrorism, which will be particularly great,” emphasized the director of the Border and Coast Guard, which is responsible for combating illegal immigration to Europe .

Compared to the massive and sudden influx of migrants in 2015, “one might think that this time there will be progressive migratory pressure,” expects Fabrice Leggeri, who attended a meeting in Brussels where the Europeans tried. to find a consensus to harmonize the admission criteria for Afghans.

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