The government is actively working to bring eligible individuals from Afghanistan to the Netherlands, either directly or via neighbouring countries. The Dutch government is cooperating closely with these countries to ensure the safe departure of these people.
Since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, around 4,537 people have been brought to the Netherlands from Afghanistan. Of this number, 1,860 were brought to the Netherlands between 15 and 26 August 2021. The remaining 2,677 people followed in the period after that. 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.