Afghan translators who helped the military travel to Australia on protection visas

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Dozens of Afghans enjoying refuge after working alongside Australian soldiers and diplomats in Afghanistan have arrived in Australia.

The ABC has confirmed that around 60 people – including Afghan interpreters and locally recruited staff in Kabul – landed in Australia on recent commercial flights.

The news was first reported by SBS.

The ABC has learned that about 60 Afghans are part of a contingent of more than 200 people who will arrive in the coming days.

Australia has resettled Afghans who fear for their lives because they had worked for the federal government since 2013.

Over 1,400 visas were granted to them and their families during this period.

But the government stepped up efforts to resettle people before the US military withdrawal, causing intense anxiety among Afghans who worked for Western countries.

Violence has escalated in Afghanistan this year, and some analysts predict the country could quickly fall into Taliban hands after US troops leave.

Earlier this month, an Afghan translator employed by Australian troops told the ABC they had been placed on a list of people killed by the Taliban for working with “infidel enemies.”

He also said a member of the Taliban tracked him down to his home – years after he tried to kill him by running over him with a car.

The Home Office said it was processing visas for locally employed Australian government staff “urgently” and “working with other government agencies and providers to facilitate … the movement of such workers. visa holders to Australia “.

The department also confirmed that Afghans and their family members are exempt from Australia’s travel restrictions – although it stressed that they still had to meet “stringent health, character and national security ”.

Earlier this month, the Prime Minister said he was “very aware” of the danger faced by some Afghan interpreters, and said the government was working “urgently, resolutely and patiently” to resettle people in Australia .


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