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Senin, 11 Oktober 2021

Taliban 'increasingly interested' in those trying to leave Afghanistan as Australian citizens look for way out - ABC News

More than 280 Australian citizens or permanent residents remain stranded in Afghanistan almost two months after the Taliban seized power in Kabul.

The figure was revealed by officials at a parliamentary hearing in Canberra this afternoon.

It includes at least 129 Australian citizens and 157 permanent residents who have registered with the federal government.

But the officials also stressed that not all those 286 people wanted to leave Afghanistan.

Simon Newnham, from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), told the hearing that many were unwilling to depart because they were still trying to get visas for family members who they wanted to bring out with them.

Officials also said they had been hit with a huge surge of applications for protection in the last seven weeks, with around 26,000 Afghans applying to the Australian government for humanitarian visas.

A crowd watches Kabul airport as evacuation flights leave
The government says it intends allocating more than the current 3,000 places in its humanitarian program for Afghan nationals.(AP: Shakib Rahmani)

They said that if you included the family members of those who had applied, the actual figure was likely four times higher, with around 100,000 people seeking safe haven in Australia.

So far, the government has formally allocated only 3,000 places in Australia's humanitarian program for Afghan nationals, although it has repeatedly signalled it would soon announce places for many more.

Several humanitarian organisations have pressed the government to commit to an additional humanitarian intake of at least 20,000 Afghans.

An ADF medic attends to an Afghan evacuee at Kabul's main airport on August 18, 2021.
Australia's evacuation of citizens and permanent residents from Afghanistan has been deemed a success by DFAT.(AP: SGT Glen McCarthy/Australian Defence Force)

All those places will be in addition to the 3,500 people flown to Australia under the government's evacuation mission from Kabul in August.

DFAT's Daniel Sloper said what while the evacuation had been a success in demanding and perilous circumstances, the government was "very conscious" that other Australians and visa holders had been left behind.

Officials said they were still working to help those people to get out of Afghanistan, but warned that the Taliban were "increasingly interested" in those trying to leave.

They also stressed that getting out of Afghanistan remains difficult.

While there are now limited flights out of Kabul to both Iran and Pakistan, the schedule remains unpredictable, while crossing the land border remains "risky and dangerous".

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