Afghanistan: France is on the cutting edge to protect Afghans, says the Elysee

Faced with criticism from the left on the words of Emmanuel Macron worrying about possible “migratory flows irregular ”coming from Afghanistan , the Elysee said on Tuesday that France was one of the countries which grant the most protection to Afghans.

“We have nothing to be ashamed of because we are one of the countries which receive the most Afghans and which give them the most protection”, underlined the presidency.

A “confusion between asylum and irregular immigration” In the context of crisis linked to the return of the Taliban to power, “France is very attentive to the situation of the Afghans” but “that does not prevent – which would be proof of naivety and lack of responsibility – from being very firm in the face of trafficking and to the networks which profit from the misery and the fear ”of those who wish to leave the country, she added.

Several leaders of the left and associations have denounced the remarks made Monday evening by Emmanuel Macron , who assured that France was doing “its duty to protect those who are most threatened”, while affirming the need to “protect ourselves against significant irregular migratory flows”. The environmentalist deputy (ex-LREM) Matthieu Orphelin accused him of maintaining a “confusion between asylum and irregular immigration” while the president of SOS Racisme Dominique Sopo affirmed that “people fleeing war, oppression and death ”were not“ irregular migratory flows. ”

Towards a“ controlled ”reception of“ particularly vulnerable ”Afghan refugees? But, for the Elysee, “the collective interest” of the international community is “to anticipate” in “coordination with the neighboring countries of Afghanistan and transit countries ”. “Vigilance is necessary with regard to networks, human trafficking and malicious intentions,” added a presidential adviser, alluding to possible terrorist threats.

“The more we anticipate, the more we can do our duty”, he underlined, specifying that France would take “its share within the framework of an international agreement”. On this issue, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron “are exactly on the same line,” says the Elysee. Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that she was open to the “controlled” reception of “particularly vulnerable” Afghan refugees.

Near 10. Afghan asylum requests Many voices were raised in Germany against a scenario similar to that of September 2015 when Angela Merkel opened the doors of her country to refugees, especially from Syria. Germany had hosted in 200 and 2016 more than a million asylum seekers.

Since 2016, France has received some 10. 000 Afghan asylum requests totaling approximately 20 . 000 for all EU countries. Ofpra (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons), which has handled 8. 89 cases since the beginning of the year , grants the request for protection in 63% of cases, a figure which reaches 89, 9% after examination of the appeals, against an average of 50% on the whole of the EU, according to figures given by the Elysée.