Up to 500 Afghans fleeing the Taliban will be allowed come to Ireland.
Under the plans approved by Ministers this morning, those from Afghanistan already living here can bring their close family members over to Ireland.
The militant group took over Afghanistan in August following the speedy exit of western forces after 20 years.
🇦🇫 "There's a real range of talents in the people coming in...there's a number of women very involved in STEM, and had specific threats against them by the Taliban."
Minister Roderic O'Gorman on the 500 Afghans due to come to Ireland. They won't be put into Direct Provision.
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There's been protests in Ireland by Afghan nationals calling for the EU and the State to do more in preventing human rights abuses under the Taliban.
Earlier this month the militant group announced that girls would not be allowed to attend second level education.
The group of around 500 Afghans will be allowed to live and work here, and will not be put into the Direct Provision system, which has been criticised over the years for its living conditions.
"There's a real range of talents in the people coming in - some are journalists. There's a number of women who were very involved in STEM, and who had specific threats against them by the Taliban.
"We're looking forward to integrating these individuals and their families across the country
people fleeing Afghanistan will be allowed to come to Ireland following the takeover of the Taliban.
Under the plans, Afghans who are already living here can bring their close family members to reside with them.
They will be allowed to live and work here.