Several artists, scientists, journalists and other “potentially endangered people” have been granted residence permits. But the majority of those affected are not yet in Germany.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior has issued residence permits for more than 2,600 human rights activists, artists, scientists, journalists and other potentially endangered persons from Afghanistan. This means that these people, as well as their partners and children, receive a residence permit for Germany and therefore do not have to apply for asylum. A similar pledge was made Tuesday for all people whose names are on the Federal State Department’s “human rights list” a spokesman for the Federal Department of the Interior said. The only requirement is that there are no security risks in the individual case.
The majority of these people are not currently in Germany, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said. The government’s crisis center is helping Germans, former local employees and other people in need of protection to leave Afghanistan and continue their journey to Germany – either by land via neighboring countries or by civilian flights, as was recently possible via Qatar.
After the Taliban took power in August, evacuation flights from the Bundeswehr brought 4,587 people to Germany, including 3,849 Afghans and 403 German nationals. Former local staff of the Bundeswehr and other German institutions were among those in need of protection. After the end of the airlift at the end of August, several hundred Afghans came to Germany by other means, for example via the Gulf emirate of Qatar. The full list of persons in particular need of protection, in addition to local personnel, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was received by the Ministry of the Interior last Friday.
The organization “Reporters Without Borders” welcomed the decision of the Ministry of Interior, but criticized the delays in recent days: “The responsible ministries have shifted responsibility to each other, blocking evacuation and admission procedures.” Nevertheless, it is gratifying “that apparently individual names of Afghan media workers that the organization passed on to the State Department are now on an official list of persons entitled to admission”. The number of persons in need of protection selected by the federal government is “far too low given the many cases that we and other organizations had reported to the State Department,” said Pro Asyl director Günter Burkhardt.