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EU Ministers To Weigh Afghan Security, Migrant Challenges

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Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand guard as people enter Pakistan through a border crossing point, in Chaman, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Chaman, is a key border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan, normally thousands of Afghans and Pakistanis cross daily and a steady stream of trucks passes through, taking goods to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jafar Khan)

(AP) — European Union foreign ministers are holding emergency talks to weigh the security implications of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The EU is concerned that fear of hardline Islamist rule will provoke an exodus of people from the conflict-ravaged country. Afghans are among the biggest group of people seeking sanctuary in Europe, after Syrians. About 570,000 Afghans are estimated to have applied for asylum in Europe since 2015. Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron said France, Germany and others would work on a “robust response” to any new migrant influx. Austria wants deportation centers set up near Afghanistan and intends to float the plan at a meeting of EU interior ministers on Wednesday.

 

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