The Government of Nepal is coordinating and facilitating Nepali nationals working in Afghanistan to bring back home. The sudden change in political situation made foreigners in Afghanistan compelled to leave the country as soon as possible. Embassy of Nepal in Islamabad, Pakistan looks after the Afghan affairs as well so the diplomatic mission in Pakistan is said to be coordinating the effort. Nepalese nationals stranded there are asked to be in touch with the government for managing rescue works.
In this connection, 35 Nepali nationals working in Afghanistan had arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday. They were brought to Nepal in various regular and charter flights.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so far a total of 505 Nepalese people have been rescued from Afghanistan. The MoFA also informed that those people who arrived in Kathmandu were working in various diplomatic missions and informal sectors in Afghanistan.
Nepali nationals, who have returned from Afghanistan, have completed necessary procedures including immigration documents. Necessary arrangements have been made to keep them at the Holding Centres in Samakhusi and Ichangu Narayan under the coordination of CCMC as per the health safety protocols.
According to the Department of Foreign Employment, in the last fiscal year, ending mid-July, 1,073 Nepali nationals had obtained labour permits to work in Afghanistan while the department’s statistics show that in the last seven years, more than 8,000 labourers have been issued labour permits to go to Afghanistan for employment.
It is believed that more Nepalis go to seek job in Afghanistan through informal channels and without government permission. So that only estimated figure might be available. However, it was estimated that the figure might be not less than 14,000.