During the High-Level Forum on the Protection of Afghans at Risk organized at the express request of Jean Asselborn (LSAP), during his blocking maneuver at European level with the aim of making member states move on the need to welcome Afghans threatened by the Taliban regime, the Luxembourg minister reaffirmed Luxembourg’s commitment.
Jean Asselborn (LSAP), Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Minister of Immigration and Asylum, reaffirmed Luxembourg’s position. He reiterated the current situation in Afghanistan, which he said requires an imminent and coordinated response from international partners. Likewise, he recalled that short-term and long-term solutions must be put in place, as well as means of protection for the most vulnerable.
Double reception capacities
The Minister took the opportunity to highlight Luxembourg’s efforts in terms of reception.
Since 2015, the country has doubled its reception capacities from 2,000 to 4,000 beds in 2021. Afghan origin and vulnerable Afghan nationals.
In cooperation with European partners, and in particular the Benelux countries, more than 40 people were evacuated. Among the latter Europeans are members of the staff of the Union delegation in Kabul and NATO, as well as their families.
The Luxembourg authorities are currently detecting the admission of 30 other people. Jean Asselborn also took the opportunity of this forum to announce that Luxembourg is ready to initially welcome 50 additional Afghan nationals at risk, with an emphasis on family reunification.