The Netherlands is still working actively to bring eligible individuals from Afghanistan to the Netherlands via countries in the region. As the government announced in its letter to parliament of 11 October 2021 (in Dutch), individuals (and their immediate family members) from the following groups are eligible for transfer to the Netherlands:
people who were called up in the context of this motion during the acute evacuation phase but were unable to reach the airport in time;
employees (nominated by NGOs) of projects financed by Foreign Affairs/Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the area of social progress, peace and security or sustainable development;
people who worked for the Ministry of Defence or the EUPOL police mission in Afghanistan in a publicly visible role.
interpreters and individuals who performed high-profile activities for the Ministry of Defence or EUPOL;
local embassy employees;
local employees of an EU, UN or NATO mission.
The government has also expressed its willingness to take in 25 human rights defenders, journalists and fixers whose names appear on a list of approximately 650 at-risk Afghans drawn up by the EU.
In the coming period the government will continue working actively to help eligible individuals travel to the Netherlands, either from Afghanistan directly or via neighbouring countries. The Dutch government:
is exploring all options to facilitate safe departure from Afghanistan, and is in close contact with countries in the region;
is working productively with other counties to facilitate the safe departure of Dutch nationals and Afghans who worked for the Netherlands.
Since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, around 4,450 people have been brought to the Netherlands from Afghanistan. Of this number, 1,860 were brought to the Netherlands between 15 and 26 August. The remaining 2,591 people followed between early September and 30 November. The Netherlands has mainly used flights via Qatar, Pakistan and Iran for this purpose.
The Netherlands is providing emergency aid to the Afghan people and Afghan refugees in neighbouring countries. The government continues to closely monitor developments in Afghanistan and the wider region. The Netherlands has contributed €20 million to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund for emergency aid within Afghanistan. It has also contributed €3.5 million to the Regional Refugee Response Plan of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In this way the Netherlands is supporting the reception of Afghan refugees in neighbouring countries.
These contributions are in addition to existing Dutch funding for emergency aid for the Afghan population.