150 humanitarian visas to be made avilable to Afghans by the government

Up to 150 humanitarian visas are being made available by government for Afghans, under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.

The visas will mean they won’t have to enter the direct provision system upon arriving here.

These 150 are in addition to 45 visas which were approved in recent days.

Meanwhile an emergency meeting of EU Foreign Ministers will be held later to discuss the bloc’s response to the crisis in Afghanistan.

MEP Frances Fitzgerald says there needs to be a particular focus on the plight of women and girls in the country.

“Young girls and women are in a very vulnerable position, given the Taliban’s attitude to women, to education, to women’s rights, to equality.

“We know that many many women are at risk right now, and the international community has to reach out and take every action they possibly can to stress the importance of the safety of Afghan citizens.”

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