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Australia rejects 50,000 Afghan humanitarian visa requests

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The Australian government has announced that it has rejected the asylum requests of 50,000 Afghan citizens who had applied for a humanitarian visa in the country after the fall of the resurgence of the Taliban regime in August 2021.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Tuesday, in its latest report, it stated that out of 208,000 asylum requests made by Afghan citizens from the beginning of 2021 until now, approximately 50,000 applicants have been rejected by the Australian government.

Following the fall of Kabul in August 2021, about 208,000 Afghans have applied for humanitarian and refugee visas in Australia to flee the Taliban regime.

However, Australia has rejected over 50,000 visa applications for humanitarian reasons, leaving 144,000 others pending.

Between August 15, 2021, and August 31 of the current year, 13,612 humanitarian visas were issued to Afghan citizens as part of the offshore Humanitarian Program following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the report said.

These statements come at a time when members of the Afghan community in Australia and former colleagues of the Australian forces in Afghanistan have expressed concerns about the high rejection rate of humanitarian visa applications and have called for reversing this decision.

Members of the Afghan community and former Afghan Locally Engaged Employees (LEEs) express their disappointment at the substantial number of humanitarian visa rejections and call upon the government to reconsider these decisions and approve the visas.

It is worth noting that after the rise of the Taliban administration, many Afghan citizens sought asylum in various countries, including Australia, Canada, the United States, and Europe. While most of their asylum requests were accepted, some are still under review or rejected by these countries.

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