The Resettlement Forum was held today in Brussels to find a home for tens of thousands of Afghans in danger of death identified by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.
The organization has appealed to the 27 to accept 42,500 Afghans over the next five years. Since the beginning of the crisis, 22,000 have already been accepted, but no one has yet made a decision on the others. Europe, so far, has expressed its best intentions, but putting into practice a real plan for relocating migrants is not easy. Afghanistan, a country in total hunger. Akram, a Belgian citizen of Afghan descent who fears for his family left in Kabul under the Taliban regime, knows this well. “In the evacuations last August – on the planes there were only Afghans with European citizenship or visas – Akram recalls – but for the locals unfortunately there was nothing to do. In those days I was in contact with many relatives and people who wanted to leave. These people – he specifies – have many reasons and evidences that can show that, there, their life is really in danger”. Humanitarian emergency: Special G20 on Afghanistan with UN and Qata. The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, in a press conference said she was satisfied with the results of the forum in which there was high participation but few concrete commitments. “Resettlements, evacuations and humanitarian admissions are on a voluntary basis. However, we must emphasize that in this context there is an emergency and it concerns the evacuation of the most at-risk people left in Afghanistan, I refer in particular to activists for human rights or women’s rights”. Oxfam and 24 other humanitarian organizations have gone further by asking the Twenty-Seven to use all existing legal instruments to save as many lives as possible, focusing for example on a large number of family reunifications.