Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Russian President Vladimir Putin are refusing to accept “refugees” from Afghanistan. Both Presidents cite security concerns for not admitting Afghanis and the need to put the welfare of their citizens first.
Sebastian Kurz Fears More “Particularly Difficult” Afghans
Chancellor Kurz stressed that although the “events in Afghanistan are dramatic,” Austria would “repeat the mistakes of 2015.” With more than 40,000 Afghans already present in Austria, the country hosts the largest Afghan community in Europe.
In a recent interview with Austrian television station Puls 4, the Chancellor spoke of the “particularly difficult integration” of the Afghani refugee population in Austria. Kurz explained that the migration flows since 2015 have already brought antisemitism, homophobia, and people “not exactly upholding women’s rights” in Europe.
Kurz suggests that people from Afghanistan should be helped in neighboring countries rather than European countries. He particularly highlighted Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which are both Muslim majority countries. The leader stressed that the EU should support countries in the region taking in the migrants.
Vladimir Putin fears “disguised fighters”
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country would not accept Afghan refugees because of safety concerns for his citizens. Putin fears the arrival of Islamic fighters who are said to be hiding among the refugees:
Who could be hiding among these refugees? We don’t know. Hundreds, even hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of people may want to flee the territory. And we have no visa restrictions with our closest allies and neighbors.
Kurz and Putin’s safety concerns have already been proven correct. As reported a few days ago at RAIR Foundation USA, criminals and terrorists who have already been expelled from European countries and/or are registered on anti-terrorism lists infiltrated military planes departing from Afghanistan.
As many as 100 Afghan evacuees flown out of Kabul are on intelligence agency watch lists. A United States government official warned on Tuesday as it was revealed one passenger flown out to Qatar has potential ties to ISIS. Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Sweden, Belgium. have identified terror-tied and unvetted Afghanis arriving into their countries.
While Islamic countries are building walls along their border to prevent a new influx of dangerous refugees, the West continues to flood their countries with unvetted and criminal Afghanis.
While thousands of people demonstrated in Paris and Berlin this past weekend to receive refugees, the trend is quite different in Austria. On Twitter, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz spoke out against it: “The events in Afghanistan are dramatic but we must not repeat the mistakes of 2015,” wrote the chancellor. With more than 40,000 Afghan nationals already on its soil, Austria is home to the largest Afghan community in Europe relative to its population size. The chancellor suggested that refugees from Afghanistan should be taken in by neighboring countries. Several former Soviet republics in Central Asia share borders with Afghanistan and Russia. President Vladimir Putin fears the arrival of fighters hidden among the refugees: “Who could be hiding among these refugees? We don’t know. Hundreds, even hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of people may want to flee the territory. And we have no visa restrictions with our closest allies and neighbors. The borders between the central Asian countries and Russia are thousand of kilometers long. You can get in through on anything, a car, or even a donkey.” Afghanistan will be discussed Monday during an online summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance of several former Soviet republics led by Russia.