Von de Leyen told to trigger ‘never used before law’ to manage new migrant surge

Amnesty has written a letter to Ylva Johansson, the EU’s Commissioner for Home Affairs, recommending the Temporary Protection Directive should be implemented to facilitate the “safe and orderly arrival and protection in Europe” of Afghans at risk. The 20-year-old EU directive would enable the bloc to provide protection to a specific category of refugee — in this case, Afghans. Crucially, it would not require the full consent of all 27 member states, which has proved problematic over recent years when trying to agree on specific details.

On its website, the European Commission defines temporary protection as “an exceptional measure to provide immediate and temporary protection to displaced persons from non-EU countries and those unable to return to their country of origin.

“It applies when there is a risk that the standard asylum system is struggling to cope with demand stemming from a mass influx risking a negative impact on the processing of claims”.

In the letter to the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Amnesty International warned there is “grave concern over the human rights and humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding in Afghanistan following the collapse of the Afghan government and takeover by the Taliban”.

The letter from Eve Geddie, Head of Office and Advocacy Director at Amnesty International – European Institutions Office, stated: “In the past, the Taliban has been responsible for systematic and widesp Cornwall could become EU’s essential source of key material

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