According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, a total of twelve Irish families have been evacuated from Afghanistan.
The residents, consisting of three family groups of four adults and eight children, travelled from Kabul to Doha before being evacuated on a “specially arranged flight” with the support of Qatar.
Upon arriving in Doha, they were met by an official from the Department of Foreign Affairs for an assessment of their needs before travelling to Ireland.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney stated, “The successful evacuation of this group of residents from Afghanistan is very welcome. I am pleased that they will now be able to safely return to their homes here in Ireland.”
A total of 106 Irish citizens have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the beginning of the crisis with the Irish government announcing last month that up to 500 Afghan nationals were allowed to live in Ireland under a new admission scheme.
Family members of the estimated 1,200 Afghan nationals already living in Ireland will be granted temporary residency rights in the State under the Afghan Admission Programme.
So far this year, more than 670 Afghan nationals have already been granted permission to reside in the State.
IMAGE – Defence One Twitter/”Simon Coveney TD, Tánaiste and Minister” (CC BY 2.0) by Chatham House, London