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Afghan interpreters given Danish visas

Afghan interpreters who helped Danish forces are offered support


The defence minister, Nicolai Wammen, has made the processing of interpreters a priority (Photo: Scanpix)

December 4, 2013
17:21

by RW


Four Afghan interpreters who assisted Danish forces in Afghanistan could be on their way to being granted asylum in Denmark reports the Ministry of Defence.

Three have already been granted visas so they can have their asylum applications processed, and two more have been offered the chance to apply for visas.

One of the two offered a Danish visa said that he is considering accepting it, while the other said he would prefer help to relocate within Afghanistan.

READ MORE: No Afghan interpreters have been granted asylum

Threatened interpreters offered help
Eighty-eight interpreters and other local staff have so far asked to have their cases reviewed under parliament's interpreter agreement from May.

The agreement provides protection for interpreters and others whose lives may be endangered because of assistance that they gave Danish forces in Afghanistan.

Of the 88 requests, 21 have so far been processed. 13 applications have been denied and eight have received some kind of offer for resettlement or financial support.

READ MORE: Interpreter task force being sent to Afghanistan

Hired by Britain
Twenty-eight applications were submitted by interpreters who were hired by the British army's Labour Support Unit but who assisted Danish forces in Afghanistan – 14 of these applications have been processed.

Their compensation could include a cash payout, paid training, resettlement in the UK or the opportunity to apply for a Danish visa and asylum.



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