Former Bundeswehr personnel and development aid workers are still in jeopardy. Thousands of people continue to aspire for a better future in Germany.

Afghan Refugees

Around 20,000 Afghans are still waiting for a chance to enter Germany four and a half months after the Taliban took power in mid-August. On request, the Federal Ministry of the Interior notified the German Press Agency.

Former local employees who feel threatened in their native country can still contact German authorities or register family, thus the numbers vary. It's also conceivable that some of those impacted are already in countries other than Afghanistan.

As of December 27, the Federal Ministry of the Interior said that the majority of persons who had arrived were so-called local personnel and their family. Since August 16, a total of 5,437 persons, including 1,348 former local employees and their family, have arrived in Germany.

Local personnel who served as interpreters for the German Development Ministry or the German Armed Forces, for example, now face persecution from the violent Islamist Taliban.

Almost 1,500 people reached Germany in December

Human rights activists, artists, scientists, journalists, and others designated as highly vulnerable by the federal authorities are still unable to enter the nation. By the end of December, 466 persons from this group had arrived in Germany, 1462 of them were relatives.

The status of the recordings, according to left-wing MP Gökay Akbulut, is "totally poor." "Those impacted in Afghanistan live in dread and insecurity."

She linked to a study released at the end of November by the human rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW), which stated that the Taliban had executed or disappeared more than 100 former soldiers, police officers, and intelligence personnel in four regions of Afghanistan alone. "It is the next foreign minister's responsibility to assist swiftly and readily," Akbulut told Annalena Baerbock (Greens).

According to Federal Foreign Minister Baerbock, the new federal administration intends to expedite the evacuation of particularly vulnerable persons from Afghanistan. So far, the Federal Foreign Office has evacuated 670 persons from Kabul on two of its own charter planes who have accepted entrance to Germany.

"Further charter flights straight from Kabul could not take place for the time being owing to Taliban opposition," the Foreign Office stated. This is a problem that other states are dealing with as well. "We're working hard to get these flights back on the air."

5,900 visas granted since seizure of power

Another 430 individuals might have fled on Qatar-organized aircraft. "In addition, the federal government coordinated scheduled flights from Afghanistan." More passengers were able to exit the country on a non-governmental organization airplane.

According to the Foreign Office, there were 18 charter flights from Islamabad, Pakistan, to Germany, the most recent of which took place on Thursday. Around 3800 Afghans with approval letters, including local personnel and those on the Foreign Office's human rights list, as well as their family, might have entered the nation in this manner.

Since the Taliban took power, German diplomatic posts in the region have given over 5,900 visas to Afghans.

The SPD, Greens, and FDP agreed in their coalition agreement to alter the system for employing local personnel so that former employees and their closest relatives at danger might reach safety in an unbureaucratic way.

"We shall not abandon our allies." "We wish to defend especially those who have stood by the Federal Republic of Germany as partners abroad and have pushed for democracy and social development," it continues.
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