Merkel: Thousands More Afghans are Allowed to Come to Germany

Merkel: Thousands More Afghans are Allowed to Come to Germany

Germany estimates that there are still 10,000 to 40,000 people in Afghanistan who are entitled to a German residence permit, Chancellor Angela Merkel reported.


These Afghans work for development organizations and, according to Merkel, have the right to come to Germany if they feel threatened under the new Taliban regime.

German soldiers and police units have since left Afghanistan, but because development aid in the country has not stopped, many employees of such organizations are still left behind. Merkel says it is not yet clear how many of these people actually want to go to Germany.

European countries are now negotiating a temporary presence in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to allow for remaining evacuations. It is not yet clear how these countries want to approach this.

Several western countries, including the United States, Germany conducted a chaotic evacuation from the airport in Kabul in the past two weeks. More than 120,000 people were taken from Kabul during this operation. The evacuation has now come to an end.

The last American soldiers boarded the plane on Monday evening, after which the Taliban took over the airport.

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