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Nearly 7 in 10 S. Koreans support granting long-term stay visas to Afghan evacuees

All News 10:00 August 30, 2021

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Yonhap) -- Almost 70 percent of South Koreans support the government's plan to grant long-term stay visas to hundreds of Afghan civilians who fled their homeland to be sheltered here from the Taliban, a poll showed Monday.

According to the poll of 500 people aged 18 and above conducted by Realmeter on Friday, a combined 68.7 percent of the respondents said they approve of the plan to issue long-term visas to Afghan evacuees who arrived here last week, allowing them to get jobs here.

Among those who supported the long-term stays, 28.9 percent said they strongly approve of the idea, while 39.8 percent said they somewhat do.

Another combined 28.7 percent said they oppose the plan, with 15.1 percent of them showing strong disapproval. The remaining 2.6 percent said they were undecided on the matter.

A second group of Afghan evacuees leaves the arrival lounge at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on Aug. 27, 2021, as South Korea completes an operation to evacuate local co-workers of the country's embassy and other facilities in the war-torn nation and their families after the Taliban's seizure of power. The 13 people, comprised of three families, arrived aboard a C-130 military transport aircraft via Islamabad a day after the first group of 377 Afghans arrived in South Korea. (Yonhap)

Last week, South Korea evacuated 390 Afghans from their homeland controlled by the Taliban. They are medical professionals, vocational trainers, IT experts and interpreters who worked for Korea's embassy, as well as its humanitarian and relief facilities, in Afghanistan and their family members.

Named as "special contributors" to South Korea, the Afghans were granted short-term C-3 visas but will later receive the F-2 visas, which permits them to work and reside in the country for up to five years. They will later be provided with the chance to apply for F-5 permanent residency visas.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.


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