Fri. May 27th, 2022

Brussels, 16 March 2022

On Thursday afternoon, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs is organizing a public hearing on the situation of Afghans seeking international protection in the EU.

When: Thursday 17 March 2021, 13:45–15:45

Where: Antall building, room 2Q2, and by remote connection

MEPs and guest speakers will hear presentations and discuss in two thematic panels :

Panel 1 – Situation of Afghan for applicants for international protection present on the EU territory and of those still in Afghanistan or in the neighbouring countries

  • Johannes Luchner – Deputy Director-General, DG for Migration and Home Affairs – European Commission
  • Reshad Jalali – Policy Officer at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  • Samira Hamidi – South Asia Campaigner from Amnesty International

Panel 2 – Situation of the vulnerable groups of applicants, and international community response

  • Jared Rowell – Danish Refugee Council, Country Director in Afghanistan
  • Artemis Akbary – Afghan LGBTQ Rights & Social Activist, refugee in the Czech Republic

You can watch the hearing in the Parliament’s Multimedia Centre.

Background

According to the latest asylum trends – published by the EU Asylum Agency for 2021 – Afghans were one of the top countries of origin in 2021 and made some 97 800 applications in 2021. Following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, EU+ countries received more than 10 000 Afghan applications every month since August 2021. The EU recognition rate of asylum applications for Afghans was 66 % in 2021 but increased to around 90 % towards the end of 2021.