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Afghanistan: Refugees

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 44193, tabled on 7 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individual Afghan Locally Employed Staff were relocated to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy in each month since April 2021.

Answered on

10 September 2021

The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) has been one of the most generous in the world, under which circa.1,200 Locally Employed Staff (LES) have been relocated to the UK since April 2021, with a large proportion being evacuated on over 100 RAF flights as part of Operation PITTING.

We owe a debt of gratitude to all Afghan nationals who risked their lives working alongside UK forces. For this reason the ARAP scheme is not time-limited and will endure, facilitating the relocation of Afghan LES and their families, from third countries if possible.

LES individuals relocated by month:

April

0

May

1

June

24

July

188

August (inc. Operation PITTING)

981

The figures given above do not include accompanying family members.

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