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Europe Initiates Deal to Return Refugees to Afghanistan

October 7
6:00 AM 2016

A deal was announced on Wednesday that would send tens of thousands of Afghan migrants who had reached Europe back home to an increasingly hazardous war zone. The deal was made by the European Union and the Afghanistan.

It is the most specific effort by Europe to have such an agreement to divert or reverse a wave of hundreds of migrants from torn countries from war like Afghanistan and Syria. But this different from the major agreement with Turkey this year to have that country host more Syrian refugees, as worded, the new deal would send Afghans forcibly whose asylum applications were directly rejected back to an intense war that has devoured a worse toll on a civilian life. This is seemingly strange with the international convention codes on refugees.

E.U and the Afghanistan government intend to work closely in order to organize the dignified, safe and orderly return of Afghan nationals to their country who do not keep the conditions to stay in EU as read in the agreement.

Along with the international conference the repatriation deal was announced. Governments pledged $3.75 billion in an annual development aid to Afghanistan over the next four years. Yet few of the speakers got a clue of the worsened security in the country in recent weeks and no one had discussed the repatriation deal publicly which was according to the report it was signed  on Sunday.

At the conference the speakers praised the Afghanistan for their improvements. The idea that even significant Afghan cities could be secured was under direct assault.

The E.U. officials disagree that the repatriation deal was a condition for aid to Afghanistan. The European Union for foreign affairs and security, Federica Mogherini told the reporters that there was never a link between their development aid and whatever they do on migration.

However, the head of Integrity watch Afghanistan and part of the Afghan delegation Ekram Afzali said that on the meeting with the Europeans in Brussels, delegates were told by Afghan and international officials that the repatriation deal was a quid pro quo for European aid. There was a memo that leaked dated March 3 discussed openly making pledges of aid at this week's conference conditional on Afghanistan's agreement with the repatriation deal.

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