Not too late to act responsibly: stop deporting Afghans to an unsafe country!
We, refugees, join all Afghan citizens to denounce the EU Joint Way Forward on migration issues implementing an agreement between Afghanistan and the European Union of the 2nd of October 2016.
We are deeply worried to see that this agreement is not isolated and as said “It should be seen not only in the context of EU — Afghan relations but, more importantly, in the context of the European Union’s new partnership framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration”.
This agreement conditions EU financial help for Afghanistan in exchange of the deportations of Afghan nationals living in the European Union back to Afghanistan. Indeed the agreement  provides the return on a voluntary base as well as forced deportations for every Afghan national who cannot be granted international protection status. In exchange of accepting the deportees, the European Union will increase its support for their reintegration in the Afghan society and encourage dialogue with the neighbouring countries Iran and Pakistan, in order to not only encourage Afghans to seek asylum closer to their home but also support integration plans for refugees in both countries. Moreover, the EU expects the Afghan government to ”sensitize the population to the dangers of irregular migration, through information and awareness raising campaigns”, with its support – as if the forcibly displaced persons deliberately choose to engage in such dangerous crossings while having the possibility to remain in their country.
We admit being confused regarding the agreement: the European Commission qualifies Afghans as “migrants” but in the very same text provides support for Afghans to seek asylum in their region? Once again, European Union is trying to externalize asylum by obliging refugees to stay in the neighborhood countries (e.g. Iran, Pakistan). It is also worth mentioning that these two countries are also pushing their citizens to flee these countries where Afghans are often compelled to leave. Iran and Pakistan do not protect the rights of Afghan refugees, they are victims of systematic discrimination, nothing is plan for their integration,. We are, as a consequence seriously wondering what kind of integration does the European Union intend to support?
This instability comes also along with the denial of the reality lived by many Afghans in exile for years. In fact, in all the Afghan families that fled their country to reach a neighbor country such as Iran or Pakistan, children were born without receiving any document from these countries. Anyone can understand the intricate situation these children face when they are obliged to return to a country they have never lived in and have only little knowledge about it. In this regard, several suicide attempts by young afghans happened lately, in differents EU members states, act out of desperation not to be returned. Unfortunately some lost their lives.
EU Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos  stresses that European Union has to fight against irregular migration and that “in 2015 and during 2016 Afghans continued to represent the second largest group of irregular migrants to the EU”. In 2015, France granted international protection to 80,3% of the Afghans asylum seekers on its ground, Germany, for the same year, granted protection to 77.6% of Afghans as well as Belgium with 77.3% of afghans recognized refugees. Greece recognized 60.5% of Afghans as refugees. Consequently, in main EU Member States,receiving large numbers of asylum seekers, majority of Afghans are granted international protection and de facto considered as endangered in their country of origin. Under this frame, we constat a huge contrast and ambiguity concerning the EU Member State policy regarding Afghanistan and we doubt on the intentions of the European authorities.
The agreement already started to have tragic consequences, as we have seen Afghan nationals taken away from a society, where they were well-integrated in the host countries, in which they speak the native language and have tried their best to have a decent life.
The situation is even more worrisome for some of them as they are not newcomers but persons who lived for several years in another European country before being deported back to Afghanistan, where they left again since their lives were still in danger.
We remind each member State that this agreement is not legally binding and it is not too late to stop the deportations. We demand to the member States to stop deportation.
We strongly encourage all State members to consult the recommendations given to their own citizens by the foreign affairs sections  concerning travelling to Afghanistan.
Accordingly, we ask each EU government to answer conscientiously: If Afghanistan is not safe for EU citizens, how could it be safe for Afghans?