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Temporary residence programme set to open for Afghans

A temporary residence programme is set to open in Ireland for Afghan citizens who are trying to escape the Taliban.

It was confirmed by the Department of Justice that the Afghan Admissions Programme would begin accepting applications from Thursday and that the closing date would be eight weeks later on the 10th of February 2022.

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There will be 500 places available under the scheme which will allow Afghan nationals who have been legally living here before the 1st of September 2021 to nominate up to four close family members who are still living in Afghanistan or in the following neighbouring countries: Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The Department of Justice stated that the scheme will cover spouses, civil partners, de facto partners, minor children and unmarried adult children without dependants. The scheme can also cover grandparents, a related minor child without parents or a single vulnerable relative with no one to support them.

Applicants will be responsible for covering travel costs and providing accommodation.

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Minister for Justice Helen McEntee stated, “In processing applications, we will be prioritising those who are especially vulnerable and whose freedom and safety is most at risk, like older people, children, single female parents, single women and girls and people with disabilities.”

McEntee added that she was “very conscious of the plight faced by the Afghan people following the collapse of the former Afghan government and the takeover by the Taliban”.

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