Flown out by the US Army: 90 Afghans apply for asylum in Ramstein

Flown out by the US Army
90 Afghans apply for asylum in Ramstein

At the US military base in Ramstein, thousands of local workers who have flown out of Afghanistan and their families are still waiting for their onward journey to the USA. However, some of them would apparently prefer to stay in Germany. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, 90 have applied for asylum so far.

Some of the Afghans flown out by the US military want to stay in Germany as refugees. As a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced on request, of the thousands of people who were previously housed at the US military base Ramstein in Rhineland-Palatinate, around 90 people have so far applied for asylum. First, the “Welt” reported on the asylum applications.

In support of the large-scale evacuation mission from Afghanistan, the US had set up several international hubs to temporarily accommodate Afghan refugees before they are relocated on a long-term basis. One of them is the Ramstein base. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas are expected here this Wednesday.

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, a total of 34,103 people from Afghanistan had arrived in Ramstein by Monday morning. Of these evacuees, 20,943 people had been flown to the USA by this time. The onward journey was delayed because of the hurricane “Ida”, it was said. “Measured against the total number of people who have arrived in Ramstein, the number of asylum applications is manageable,” said Ministry spokesman Steve Alter.

According to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf), a total of 2266 people from Afghanistan applied for asylum in Germany last month. In August 2020, there were 759 asylum applications from Afghan citizens. The former local staff from German institutions, some of whom came to Germany on evacuation flights by the Bundeswehr from Afghanistan, do not have to apply for asylum. You will receive a residence permit “for reasons of international law or urgent humanitarian reasons”.