Evacuation from Kabul 2021
Sra T. Crul / U.S. Navy / ZUMA / picture alliance
The U.S. has asked Germany for help in rescuing thousands of Afghans who worked for the U.S. Army and other institutions in the Hindu Kush until 2021. The State Department wants to bring former local employees who are legally allowed to immigrate to the U.S. on flights from Kabul to Ramstein. In Germany, the Afghans who have already been checked are to be accommodated in a US barracks in Kaiserslautern, and the Consulate General in Frankfurt will then issue the "Special Immigration Visas" for onward travel to the USA.
Last weekend, there was a test flight with around 200 Afghans. The U.S. has promised to allow tens of thousands of former local workers to leave the country, and so far candidates for the protection program have been flown to Qatar first. The U.S. government confirmed that it now wants to use Germany as an "additional location" for the protection program. To this day, several thousand people who were promised admission to Germany after the Taliban took power are still stuck in Afghanistan. However, the German government's protection programme stipulates that the Afghans must first travel to neighbouring Pakistan so that the German embassy can carry out the visa formalities and a security check there.