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Afghanistan: Asylum

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 45311, tabled on 8 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will amend the eligibility criteria of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy Scheme so that people in Afghanistan who worked for contractors on behalf of allied forces or third party organisations can be prioritised for relocation under that scheme.

Answered on

13 September 2021

We must prioritise our immediate efforts on those who have most directly supported the UK Government in Afghanistan and therefore, through their associations and the nature of that work, are likely to be at the highest risk of reprisals under the Taliban administration. The Afghan Citizens' Relocation Scheme, due to be launched shortly will support further categories of persons and details of eligibility will be announced by the Home Office in due course.