Protecting and seeking durable solutions for AfghansAs world leaders meet for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan 5 October, co-hosted by the European Union and the government of Afghanistan, the Danish Refugee Council launched statements on seeking durable solutions for Afghans and understanding and protecting Afghan refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
2016 has seen a significant deterioration in the Afghan context across humanitarian, political and economic dimensions. Recent months have seen civilian deaths and displacement levels reach record highs as well as an influx of vulnerable returnees, political gridlock and stagnant economic growth. At the same time Afghans represent the second largest nationality among those crossing into Europe, with 267,485 people arriving in 2015.
Ahead of this week’s Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, the Danish Refugee Council has the following recommendations on understanding and protecting Afghan refugees, asylum seekers and migrants:
- Improved understanding of Afghan displacement and migration, and a stronger evidence base, is needed.
- A focus on protection of basic human rights through flexible response mechanisms is key.
- To ensure the protection of displaced and migrant Afghans, a comprehensive rights-based approach is needed.
Additionally DRC has the following recommendations when it comes to seeking durable solutions for Afghans in a fragile and volatile context:
- Saving lives of the most vulnerable – both among returns and the internally displaced – is the first priority.
- An approach that focuses on building resilience will help to protect the most vulnerable.
- The international community needs to advocate for political solutions that are appropriate to the current context.