EU head Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday called on EU countries to accept Afghan refugees from Kabul, promising financial support from Brussels.
“For those who cannot return or stay home, we must offer alternatives,” said von der Leyen, after visiting a military base in northeastern Spain that will serve as a reception center for Afghans arriving from Kabul and who have worked for the EU. .
“This means, first and foremost, that we need to offer legal and safe global pathways that we organize to those who need our protection.”
All EU countries that had missions in Afghanistan had to set adequate quotas so that those in need of protection would get it, he said.
“The Commission stands ready to consider the budgetary resources needed to support EU Member States who will strengthen and assist in the resettlement of refugees,” he added.
The Torrejoin de Ardoz base was also visited by the President of the Council of the EU Charles Michel, the head of foreign policy of the bloc Josep Borell and the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Spanish.
“Nearly 150 people have been evacuated so far; our efforts on the ground continue to rescue all personnel and dependents,” Borrell tweeted.
Sanchez said the center will be used to process incoming Afghans and their families before settling in EU countries, has a capacity of 800 people.
Some countries have already agreed to accept former EU employees, including Denmark and some Baltic countries, he added, without explaining.
For almost a week, Western countries have been trying to evacuate not only their own citizens, but also the Afghans who worked for them and who fear retaliation by the new Taliban regime.
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