Saturday 9/18/21
EVACUATION

Germany approves residency for 2,600 Afghans and their families

Their partners and children will also receive residency rights for Germany, and will not have to apply for asylum
21 August 2021, Rhineland-Palatinate, Ramstein-Miesenbach: Afghan refugees evacuated from Kabul line up for processing after arrival from Kabul at Ramstein Air Base. Ramstein Air Base provides temporary housing for evacuees from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge. Photo: Ssgt. Emma James/Planet Pix via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Afghan refugees evacuated from Kabul line up for processing after arrival from Kabul at Ramstein Air Base. Photo: Ssgt. Emma James/dpa.

Germany's Interior Ministry has issued residence permits for some 2,600 rights activists, artists, scientists, journalists and others from Afghanistan who could face danger in their country.

Their partners and children will also receive residency rights for Germany, and will not have to apply for asylum.

Germany issued a corresponding commitment for all people on the Foreign Office's "human rights list" on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said.

After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August, the German government says 4,587 people came to Germany on Bundeswehr evacuation flights.

That includes 3,849 Afghans and 403 returning German nationals.

Staff who worked for Bundeswehr

Among those in need of protection are local staff who worked for the Bundeswehr and other German institutions.

Several hundred Afghans came to Germany after the airlift operation finished at the end of August.

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