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About 2,600 nationals of Afghanistan who are endangered due to the situation in their country will be granted German residence permits, the German authorities have announced.

Most vulnerable persons, as well as those who worked for different companies and organisations in Germany before the Taliban takeover, will be part of the group of persons that will be granted residence permits in Germany.

In line with the data provided by the German newspaper, Deutsche Welle, a spokesperson from the foreign office, has claimed that the country has the responsibility to protect those who are currently waiting for their visa.

According to the German authorities, Afghans who are on the list of persons that will be granted the German residence permit are not required to apply for asylum. In addition, it has been mentioned that after obtaining a residence permit, such a document will be valid for three years.

During this three-year period, recipients of the permits will be able to bring their family members to the country. Consequently, children and other family members of those who receive a German residence permit will also be eligible to get such a document, reports.

Apart from the 2,600 residence permits that will be granted to the Afghan nationals, it has been revealed that around 4,000 others who have to get together with their families that are currently in Germany are currently trapped in Afghanistan. This is happening since it is taking longer than expected to process their permits.

Similar to Germany, the authorities of the United Kingdom had also previously announced that they would give permission to around 5,000 Afghans to settle in its territory by the end of 2021.

Earlier in August, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) disclosed that the applications lodged for asylum by Afghans in EU countries during June exceeded the level of the pre-pandemic period, registered during 2019.

The same revealed that during that month, 6000 applications were filed by nationals of Afghanistan. Thus, this marked a significant increase since about 1,000 applications were lodged every month last February.

Previously, to keep the situation under control, the German authorities took the decision to temporarily suspend deportations of rejected asylum seekers back to Afghanistan due to concerns over the safety of this group of people.

Concerning the issue, Horst Seehofer, the Minister of Interior of Germany, said that since the situation in Afghanistan is changing continuously, they can’t be sure if it would be safe to send asylum seekers back to the country.