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Afghanistan: Refugees

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 45310, tabled on 8 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a comprehensive plan to evacuate and support people in Afghanistan who worked for contractors on behalf of allied forces or third party organisations who are not eligible under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) Scheme.

Answered on

13 September 2021

Our immediate priority are those eligible persons, including British Nationals, approved Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) individuals, their families, and others called forward for evacuation in August who were unable to board a plane.

The Ministry of Defence is working with partners across Government and countries in the region to facilitate safe passage out of Afghanistan for these individuals and travel back to the UK.

It would not be appropriate to publish these plans. Support to other groups of individuals at risk of persecution may be considered under the Afghan Citizens' Relocation Scheme, details of which will be announced shortly by the Home Office.