EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday called on European Union states to take in Afghan refugees who flew out of Kabul and promised financial support from Brussels.
“We must offer alternatives to those who cannot return or stay at home,” 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 serving the EU have worked.
“First of all, this means providing legal and safe routes worldwide, organized by us, to those who need our protection.”
All EU countries that had carried out missions in Afghanistan had to set up adequate quotas so that those who needed protection would get it, she said.
“The Commission stands ready to examine the necessary budgetary resources to support EU member states that will stand up and help resettle refugees,” she added.
EU Council President Charles Michel, Josep Borrell, the bloc’s foreign policy chief, and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Spanish also visited the base, in Torrejoin de Ardoz.
“Almost 150 people have been evacuated so far; our on-the-spot efforts continue to bring all personnel and dependents to safety,” Borrell tweeted.
Sanchez said the center will be used to process the arriving Afghans and their families before settling in EU countries, and has a capacity of 800 people.
Some countries had already agreed to take in the former EU workers, including Denmark and some of the Baltic countries, he added, without elaborating further.
For nearly a week, Western countries have been struggling to evacuate not only their own nationals, but also Afghans who worked for them and who fear reprisals from the new Taliban regime.
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