European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called on the European Parliament and EU member states to reach agreement on the proposed compact on migration and asylum due to the recent migration situation in the EU.
After a meeting of G7 leaders on Afghanistan via video conference, von der Leyen said all leaders agreed that it is their moral duty to support the Afghan people because the situation migrants are currently dealing with is a tragedy.
“We all agreed that it is our moral duty to help the Afghan people and to provide as much support as possible as circumstances allow. The situation is already a tragedy for the Afghan people and is a major setback for the international community,” von der Leyen said.
Regarding humanitarian aid, the EU Commission President revealed that all EU operations related to food distribution, healthcare facilities, water supply and sanitation are still in operation, noting that the groups being imposed are in immediate danger, including here women, girls and children who They make up the vast majority of the displaced, and they need help the most.
In addition, von der Leyen announced that the Commission will propose to quadruple the humanitarian aid that comes from the EU budget in relation to Afghan migrants. She said that it was initially planned to allocate more than 200 million euros for 2021.
However, after taking into account the current situation, the aid will now be increased to more than 200 million euros for this year, TheSchengen.com reports.
As you know, we have one billion euros that we have committed over the next seven years to Afghanistan in development aid from the European Union. This help is now frozen. “It’s frozen until we have strong guarantees and credible action on the ground that the conditions are being met,” Ursula von der Leyen said of development assistance.
In addition, during the joint press conference, the President welcomed the announcement by Canada to resettle 21,000 immigrants and Britain to resettle 20,000 immigrants from Afghanistan.
Ahead of the video conference, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an official statement that apart from offering their support, he would also ask allies and friends to stand by the Afghan people as well as increase support for refugees. .
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that Afghans have filed the most international protection applications in EU+. Only in June 2021, Afghan citizens submitted more than 6000 applications.