Cabinet: 22 interpreters left behind in Afghanistan

A total of 436 interpreters and other Afghans (and family members) who were on a list of Defense and Justice came to the Netherlands during the evacuation, according to Ministers Kaag (Foreign Affairs) and Bijleveld (Defence) and State Secretary Broekers-Knol (Asylum). .

The House has been pushing for the evacuation of the interpreters for months. The parties feel that there was no urgency at the cabinet to collect the translators. On Wednesday, the House will debate the evacuations with the three ministers and Prime Minister Rutte.

In addition, 370 people were brought to the Netherlands in response to an adopted motion by D66. In it, the House called on other Afghans to be evacuated who have helped the Netherlands, such as security guards, but also employees of Dutch journalists and aid organizations.

This concerns about forty human rights defenders, about 125 people who worked for aid and development organizations and about ninety Afghans who worked for Dutch media. At least seventy people who also fell under the motion were left behind.

According to the cabinet, more than 23,000 emails have been received from or about Afghans who say they also fall under the D66 motion. The ministry still receives hundreds of such emails every day. Afghans can continue to register via a special e-mail address until September 17.

“The documentation of those seeking help is often inadequate, and a link with the Netherlands and/or an acute, dire situation is sometimes not easy to demonstrate,” the cabinet writes. The number of people requesting help is well over 23,000. It is not yet clear how many of them are allowed to come to the Netherlands.

A total of 1,897 people were brought to the Netherlands during the evacuation. Among them were 787 Dutch people with their nuclear family or people with a residence permit. There are 459 Dutch citizens or people with a residence permit who stayed behind in Afghanistan.

The cabinet will have the evacuation and crisis approach investigated by an external party. That was also a wish that lived in the Chamber. Another external party will investigate the twenty-year mission.

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