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Afghanistan: Refugees

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL2390, tabled on 18 August 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to widen the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy to include employees of (1) UK based NGOs, and (2) UK funded projects.

Answered on

2 September 2021

The Government is strongly committed to fulfilling its responsibilities to current and former locally employed staff in Afghanistan. The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme is not time-limited and will endure, remaining open indefinitely to British Nationals who remain in Afghanistan and Afghan allies who were directly employed by Her Majesty’s Government.

For those not eligible under the ARAP scheme, including employees of UK based NGOs and UK funded projects, the Home Office is working quickly to establish the details of the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme (ACRS). This scheme will provide protection for those identified as most at risk, such as women and girls. The Government has committed to take around 5,000 refugees in the first year and up to 20,000 over the coming years.