Afghanistan is a key country of origin for asylum seekers in Europe, and the prime global recipient of EU development assistance. It was one of the first nations to conclude a migration partnership agreement with the EU, in 2016.
Implementation has been thwarted, however, by war and violence, limited state capacity, entrenched economic deprivation, internal displacement and the unfolding impact of COVID-19.
The speakers argue for a more multidimensional approach to migration, and for a nuanced reassessment of policy. They underscore the strength of Afghanistan’s responses to migration, returns, reintegration, security and peace, and point to the need for synchronizing the EU’s policy approaches.
They argue that effective policy must consider the historical significance of mobility for Afghanistan and the need for coherent regional responses to migration.
This event launches the publication The EU and the Politics of Migration Management in Afghanistan.
Hameed Hakimi, Research Associate, Asia-Pacific Programme and Europe Programme, Chatham House
Marissa Quie, Fellow and Director of Studies in Human, Social and Political Sciences, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
Chair: Champa Patel, Director, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House