As of: December 29, 2021 1:21 pm
Germany secured entry to tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan, mostly local employees and their families. But so far only about 5,900 visas have been issued to those affected abroad.
It has been more than four months since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan. The federal government basically had so-called local employees in the country Promised to help as soon as possible. Since then, thousands of them have been officially granted residence in Germany.
At German diplomatic missions abroad, 5,925 visas have so far been issued to local employees and particularly vulnerable people from Afghanistan, according to a German Foreign Ministry spokesperson. Most of them were processed around 4,000 visas at the German embassy in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Additionally, according to information from Funke Media Group, there are also visas that have been granted for family reunification – also in Islamabad as well as at the embassy in New Delhi, India.
The State Department explained to Funke Media Group that visa processing is currently mainly focused on these two embassies by saying that “Currently Afghan nationals cannot enter Uzbekistan and India.” But other German diplomatic missions in the region are also tasked with visa processing, for example in Tashkent, Tehran, Doha, Ankara and Istanbul.
According to its own statements, the German Foreign Ministry expects that the number of visas will continue to increase. The French news agency quoted Agence France-Presse as saying that they will now receive a “corrugated” award.
Promised entry to more than 24,500 affected people
At the beginning of December, figures from the Federal Ministry of the Interior showed that Between mid-May and the end of November, more than 24,500 people from Afghanistan promised to stay in Germany. This includes local employees and their relatives. However, by the beginning of December, only about 7,000 of them managed to enter Germany.