Canada has decided to expel hundreds of Afghan translators who have worked at the embassy from Afghanistan with their families. The decision comes as US and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan, and military pressure in Afghanistan has escalated after two decades. Although Canadian troops completed their combat mission in Afghanistan ten years ago, at least 800 Afghan nationals have served as Canadians as translators or staff at the embassy and elsewhere. These citizens were and are now expected to leave Afghanistan as well.
Canadian government sources, who did not want to be named, stressed that the Canadian government has now decided to accept civilian employees of the Canadian embassy in Kabul who wish to leave the country as asylum seekers. Fears of a Taliban return have increased as the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan intensified. As a result, most foreign countries have now decided to expel Afghan citizens who have worked with them in the civilian or military sectors to protect themselves from the Taliban.
The Canadian source said that there are currently at least 45 Canadian embassy staff in Kabul who must be sent to Canada with their families, so Canada will have to repatriate at least 235 Afghan citizens to Canada. Currently, several Afghan translators working with US and NATO forces face death threats, and these threats have increased as US troops have withdrawn. A source in the Canadian government said that his country plans to set a timetable for the expulsion of these Afghan citizens as soon as possible. However, the source stressed that these Canadian embassy staffers might be accepted as asylum seekers and reside in Canada permanently.
The decision comes as the United States plans to bring all Afghans it has worked within the civilian and military sectors to the United States. Meanwhile, it has been said that Canada will not accept employees who have served in the US military, and the Canadian government has not yet made this decision.
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