Afghanistan – Statement by Laurent Fabius (April 21, 2015)

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700 locally hired civilian personnel, most of them Afghan nationals, worked with the French forces in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014. A commission has been set up to examine their applications to settle in France. 258 applications have been filed. To date, 73 visa applications concerning 179 people have been accepted.

France has a responsibility toward its personnel; it will not shirk this responsibility. Although working with France does not mean that an individual has an absolute right to settle in France, the reality of the risk incurred by the individual must obviously be taken into account.

That’s why the pending applications will be processed within two months. Rejected applications will be reviewed within the same timeframe, at the request of the individuals concerned.