The Dutch government announced Wednesday that a group of 181 Afghans had flown to safety following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan last year. They landed in the Netherlands on a chartered flight from Pakistan, according to Dutch media.

Most of the immigrants who reached on Tuesday evening at an Eindhoven airport in the Netherlands left Afghanistan by entering Pakistan over the land border, where Dutch officials and the International Organization for Migration assisted them in reaching Islamabad.

The Afghans were reportedly unable to leave their country earlier because they lacked appropriate travel papers, according to the Dutch government. They were permitted entry into Pakistan by Pakistani authorities so they could go on to the Netherlands, according to the Dutch media.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Dutch government expressed its commitment to evacuate “as many eligible people as possible” from Afghanistan who makes it to Pakistan.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported earlier this month, that it had relocated 1,801 Afghans to the Netherlands from late August 2021 and that another 942 persons were waiting to be transferred, including 766 who still remain in Afghanistan.

After two decades of conflict, the US and coalition forces withdrew from Afghanistan in late August 2021, and the Taliban seized power.

Humanitarian assistance on the ground, evacuations, resettlement of people in need of international protection, and assistance for neighboring nations hosting refugees have all been part of the global response to the situation in Afghanistan.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).