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IOM helps Nepalese citizens return home

IOM helps Nepalese citizens return home

Jul 22, 2012 - 20:50

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The International Organisation for Migrationinfo-icon (IOM) on Sunday said it had helped 10 Nepalese citizens, who overstayed their visas, return to their country from Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In response to a request from Nepal’s embassy in Islamabad, a joint investigation team of IOM and interior ministry officials brought the individuals from Bagram to Kabul.

Temporary exit travel documents were arranged for the men after they reached Afghanistan less than a year back, allegedly with the help of an agent, who promised them jobs at the US military base. 

The IOM quoted them as saying that the agent, who received $500 from each of the men, disappeared with their passports. As a result, they had to hide from law-enforcement officials to avoid prosecution.

A statement from the organisation said the Nepalese citizens were found living in a Bagram guest house, whose owner provided them lodging and food on credit.

“IOM does not have the funds to bear travel and lodging expenses for foreign nationals that overstay their visa in Afghanistan,” said Marco Boasso, IOM representative to Afghanistan.

“Fortunately, we were able to help out this time at the request of the Embassy of Nepal,” he added.



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