After the Taliban came to power: More than 5600 German visas for Afghans

As of: 12/29/2021 11:38 a.m.

Germany has guaranteed admission to tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan, mainly local staff and their families. But so far only about 5600 visas have been issued for those affected abroad.

It has been more than four months since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan. The federal government had promised the fastest possible help, especially for so-called local workers in the country. Since then, thousands of them have been formally granted residence in Germany.

In German diplomatic missions abroad, 5,600 visas have so far been issued for local staff and particularly vulnerable people from Afghanistan. This was reported by the newspapers of the Funke media group, citing the Foreign Office. The majority were processed with around 3700 visas in the German embassy in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. In addition, there are around 1,100 visas that were granted for the reunification of family members – also in Islamabad as well as in the embassy in New Delhi, India.

“Churning out” award

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs justified the fact that the processing of visas is currently mainly concentrated on these two embassies in relation to the Funke media group, saying that “it is currently not possible for Afghan nationals to enter Uzbekistan and India”. But other German diplomatic missions in the region are also entrusted with processing visas, for example in Tashkent, Tehran, Doha, Ankara and Istanbul.

According to its own statements, the Federal Foreign Office expects the number of visas to continue to increase. The AFP news agency quoted them as being “churned out” at the moment.

Entry promised to more than 24,500 affected people

At the beginning of December, figures from the Federal Ministry of the Interior showed that more than 24,500 people from Afghanistan were promised to stay in Germany between mid-May and the end of November. This includes local staff and their relatives. By the beginning of December, however, only about 7,000 of them were able to enter Germany.

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