“I hope we will take a common position that would place emphasis on the fact that ultimately our goal is to prevent massive, large migrant waves. Croatia certainly holds that position,” Božinović told reporters ahead of an extraordinary meeting of European home affairs ministers on Afghanistan.
“Of course, that doesn’t exclude humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups, women, girls, children and those who worked for European institutions in Afghanistan,” Božinović added.
EU home affairs ministers will discuss the situation in that country, which is again under the Taliban rule, and the possible consequences for the EU.
European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas stressed that the EU should use the Afghanistan crisis to finally agree on a common migration and asylum policy based on the Commission’s proposals.
Now is the time for a political agreement on the migration pact, Schinas said upon arriving at the meeting.
The ministers are expected to issue a joint statement in which they will express determination to prevent illegal migrant waves and uncontrolled arrival of migrants from Afghanistan to the Union’s external borders in order to prevent a recurrence of the 2015 migrant crisis.
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