28th September 2021 | Press Releases

Greens welcome move to reunite families as 500 additional places announced under Afghan Admission Programme

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The Green Party has welcomed approval for a programme providing up to 500 additional places for family members of Afghan nationals living in Ireland. Under the Afghan Admission Programme, they will be able to apply to nominate up to four close family members meeting the eligibility criteria. Eligible family members will be granted a residence permission that allows them immediate access to the labour market, without the need for an employment permit.

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD, is leading the admission of ‘programme refugees’ under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP). Minister O’Gorman said;

“I was pleased to update Cabinet this morning on work being done within my Department since the beginning of the recent emergency in Afghanistan. Since July, we have provided 400 humanitarian visas to Afghan nationals under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme and are continuing to work with other key departments to facilitate their safe passage to Ireland. 

“Through the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, and the Afghan Admission Programme announced today, we have been able to offer safety and hope to those most in need, and I am truly heartened by the outpouring of support from the Irish public, who have shown such compassion towards the people of Afghanistan at this time.”

The government has stated they will prioritise those who are especially vulnerable in terms of the risk to their freedom and safety, including older people; children; single female parents; single women and girls; people with disabilities; and people whose previous employment exposes them to greater risk.