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EU is split on taking Afghan refugees, and it’s hard to blame those who don’t want another mass influx

The countries that bore the brunt of the European Union’s refugee crisis five years ago are now expressing doubts over the wisdom of accepting those fleeing Afghanistan. As harsh as this may sound, I understand their concerns.

Cracks are beginning to develop within the EU regarding its response to the inevitable Afghan refugee crisis. Whereas some member states want the bloc to continue with a liberal approach and welcoming fleeing Afghans, others seem determined not to see a repeat of the mistakes made five years ago.

These differences burst out into the open yesterday, when the EU’s interior ministers met in Brussels. For example, Luxembourg’s Jean Asselborn, who is keen to pursue a liberal policy, argued that “it can’t be just the UK that has pledged 20,000 settlements. Europe must also go in that direction.”

Asselborn was shot down by Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who signalled that his country was not overly keen to repeat the folly of five years ago. He angrily responded that “Mr Asselborn should look at the problems of the big countries in the EU more” because “we’re not talking about hundreds of people, but about many thousands who are already in Germany, and we have to make sure... that these people are not a security risk.”

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