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Human rights groups call on Irish Government to accept at least 1,000 Afghanistan refugees

A number of human rights groups in Ireland have called on the Irish Government to increase the number of refugees they are planning to take, following the Talibans resurgence across Afghanistan.

The Irish Refugee Council, Amnesty International and the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland have called for the Irish Government to commit to resettling a minimum of 1,000 Afghan refugees.

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Yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney confirmed that Ireland will accept up to an additional 150 Afghan refugees.

This is in addition to the 45 visas which have already been approved for people in Afghanistan in recent days.

According to the United Nations, there are approximately 96,000 Afghan people who are in need of resettling.

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In Afghanistan, a senior Taliban leader is in the capital of Kabul negotiating with the city’s political leadership.

The Islamist group made rapid advances across Afghanistan after the US began to withdraw the majority of their troops from the country.

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