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Afghanistan: Refugees

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 45802, tabled on 9 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghans, eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy, have been evacuated to the UK since 28 August 2021.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

15 September 2021

Since the conclusion of Operation PITTING on 28 August no further evacuation flights have been conducted, however we are aware that some individuals who are eligible for relocation under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) have left the country by their own means.

The ARAP scheme is not time-limited and remains open to all current and former Locally Employed Staff (LES) who worked for the UK Government in Afghanistan. We are working to facilitate the continued relocation of ARAP eligible individuals and their dependants, from third countries if possible. To date, two individuals have been relocated to the UK. We will continue to do all we can to support those Afghans who have supported us, and we are clear that the Taliban must ensure safe passage for these people out of Afghanistan.

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