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EU eyes the return of 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers, refugees

Afghan migrants chant slogans during an anti-EU rally in central Athens, on March 19. Migrants and left-wing groups protested against Friday's EU-Turkey agreement on migration that will keep Balkan borders closed to migrants and refugees seeking passage to central Europe.
Afghan migrants chant slogans during an anti-EU rally in central Athens, on March 19. Migrants and left-wing groups protested against Friday's EU-Turkey agreement on migration that will keep Balkan borders closed to migrants and refugees seeking passage to central Europe. AP

STRUGGLING to cope with the influx of Syrians, the European Union has drafted confidential plans to send 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees back to the war-torn country.

Afghanistan's Government opposes the plan, saying it cannot guarantee their safety and does not have the resources to resettle them.

The document, marked "restricted", discusses possible financial incentives to make the plan viable, including for potential forced returns.

Hafiz Ahmad Miakhel, spokesman for Afghanistan's Refugee and Repatriation minister, said it could not accommodate such a vast number.

"For now the Afghan Government is opposite [sic] for the forcible deportation because the situation is not good in Afghanistan," Mr Miakhel said.

Read more at: ABC

Topics:  afghanistan european union refugees syria


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