After the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, European countries began to worry about the influx of migrants from Afghanistan. Greece has recently set up fences and surveillance systems along its border with Turkey.
Greece has set up a 40-kilometer fence along its border to prevent the influx of illegal migrants, the BBC reported. Greece’s civil protection minister, Chris Koidis, said on August 20th that the crisis in Afghanistan could create new possibilities for migrants to flow into Europe, and that “we cannot wait passively for the possible impact.” Our borders will remain inviolable. ”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on August 19th urged European countries to take responsibility for migrants from Afghanistan, saying his country had no intention of becoming a “warehouse for migrants to Europe” in the turmoil that followed the Taliban takeover. Turkey has taken steps along its border with Iran, a key route for Afghan migrants into turkey.
This week, many Afghans rushed to flee the country, alarming European politicians who feared that the influx of new arrivals would fuel the embers of far-right and populist movements. European politicians are resistant to Afghan immigrants as elections in France and Germany approach, the New York Times reported. European Commission Commissioner for Internal Affairs Yurva Johansson said on the 18th that instability in Afghanistan may increase the pressure on EU refugees, she called on EU member states to prepare for the admission of Afghan refugees.
In the autumn of 2015, ongoing fighting in the Middle East and North Africa forced millions of refugees to cross into the European Union, triggering the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe. Some European countries worry that the recent unrest in Afghanistan could reignite a similar refugee problem.