The Irish Government has said that it intends to expedite the processing of current international protection applications from Afghan nationals. Family reunification applications made by Irish citizens and Afghan beneficiaries of international protection will also receive focussed attention, considering the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
Last week, the Irish Government announced that up to 150 Afghan nationals would be allocated additional places under the Irish Refugee Protection Program (IRPP). All places on this programme have now been allocated. A statement made by the Department of Foreign Affairs noted that priority was given to those working on human rights issues, including the rights of women and girls, as well as those working with NGOs and European and international organisations.
This allocation was in addition to 45 visas already approved in previous days for Afghans in similar circumstances.
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