According to preliminary information, the airlift from Kabul organized by the federal government brought 138 local workers and their family members to Germany.
Berlin – The airlift from Kabul, organized by the federal government, brought 138 local workers to Germany, as well as their family members, according to preliminary information. A total of 634 people from this group were flown out, said a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) on Monday in Berlin. He pointed out that the number of requests for help only increased significantly after the start of the airlift – to at least 40,000 people. Before the evacuation began on August 14, the Federal Ministry of the Interior was aware that 174 local staff and family members were waiting for the entire federal government to leave, a total of 886 people, according to the spokesman. It was about the Afghans who had actively reported a threat and were on lists.
«During the evacuations there were subsequent filings from the departments, there were also a lot of late registrations from the local staff, including from family members, so that we are currently assuming that the proportion of those who are related to local staff for the entire federal government is now higher than 40,000 people, “said the spokesman.
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, 4,587 people came to Germany via the Bundeswehr airlift, which also flew people from other countries, including 3,849 Afghans and 403 German nationals. “Nobody stood in front of a German plane and counted and said that we will only take those who come to Germany with us and those who have to go to Italy or Belgium, we’ll leave them here,” said the spokesman. The Federal Ministry of the Interior has had around 1,500 police officers on duty in Afghanistan and around 300 local staff since 2013. By August 14, 4 local workers had registered their departure. All had been offered to leave the country. Three local employees had left with their families, the fourth family had not started this “for personal reasons”. (dpa)