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Germany Plans on Granting Residence Permits to Around 2,600 Afghans

The German authorities have confirmed that they will grant residence permits to about 2,600 Afghan citizens who are insecure due to the current situation prevailing in the country.

According to German newspaper Deutsche Welle, a foreign ministry spokesman said the state is responsible for protecting people who are currently on the visa list.

This means that with the exception of vulnerable groups of people, Afghans who worked for German organizations and companies before the Taliban took control of the country will also be part of the group that will be granted a residence permit, reports.

Based on the information provided by the German authorities, those who will receive a German residence permit do not need to apply for asylum. Apart from that, it has been pointed out that the residence permit will remain valid for three years, during which time, recipients will be allowed to bring their family members into the country as well.

Accordingly, children and other family members of the recipients will also receive a German residence permit.

With the exception of 2,600 Afghan nationals who will have the right to reside in Germany, another 4,000 who have the right to meet with their families in Germany are trapped in Afghanistan since the processing of residence permits has taken longer than expected.

In order to keep the situation under control, Germany decided at the beginning of August to temporarily suspend the return of rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan due to concerns about the safety of the deportees.

On the subject, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that since the general security situation in Afghanistan is changing rapidly, the authorities cannot ascertain whether it is safe for returnees to return to the country.

Moreover, during the same month, Seehofer said that countries within the European Union should not set a fixed number for the number of refugees from Afghanistan they will allow into their country.

With the exception of Germany, the UK authorities have also announced that they plan to allow about 5,000 Afghans to settle in the country by the end of 2021.

Previously, the European Asylum Support Office revealed that the number of applications submitted by Afghans in EU+ countries in June had exceeded pre-pandemic levels. Through this report, it was found that 6000 applications were submitted by Afghan nationals only during the month of June, which is more than 1000 applications for each month since February 2020; Hence, indicating a continuous increase.

In addition, the same showed that unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan submitted an increased number of applications, which accounted for half of all unaccompanied minors in June.

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