9 more Afghans welcomed in New Zealand
KABUL (PAN): The authorities in New Zealand has granted residency to nine more Afghan interpreters, who served with troops from the country in central Bamyan province, a report said on Friday.
The new group, which fell outside the rules but made a special case to Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse, were allowed to stay along with 26 family members.
They follow the 30 interpreters and 64 members of their families who arrived New Zealand in April.
Woodhouse said they feared for their lives if they stayed."Gave that as their reason for resigning in many cases, when they did so a few years ago.”
"Many of them have had to stay virtually in hiding or away from Bamyan, which is where they live, because they were known to the insurgents."
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