Ireland has offered humanitarian access visas to 400 Afghan citizens since July and will be granting them asylum in the state upon arrival.
According to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, the 400 Afghan refugees have been offered humanitarian access to Ireland through the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.
Among the 400 places offered are frontline workers, non-governmental bodies, human rights activists, women, members of the LGBTQI+ community and journalists.
Fiona Finn, who is the CEO of the Cork-based immigration support centre Nasc, stated that although getting to Ireland will be difficult, those who arrive in the country should be offered humanitarian access.
She added, “There seems to be an openness to accept more refugees if capacity can be found within the system,”.
Finn said that despite the “negative” and “disappointing” response from the EU in regards to the Afghanistan crisis, Ireland’s response so far has been “positive”, “quite swift” and “fairly proactive”.
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