To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to procure more resettlement hotels to move refugees on from quarantine hotel facilities.
21 September 2021
The ambition to provide protection to thousands of people fleeing Afghanistan and the complex picture on the ground means there will be significant challenges delivering the scheme, but the Government is working at speed to address these obstacles.
Afghanistan is on the Government’s red list, so all arrivals must quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine facility and take two PCR tests which can be sequenced. These rules apply to all those who have been, and continue to be arrive through, the ARAP scheme who must quarantine and anyone with rights of residence in the UK who is not exempt.
We are working closely with local authorities across the UK to match families into accommodation offered by those local authorities, who will also provide integration support, funded by the Home Office.
The cross-Government efforts to ensure that people are brought from Afghanistan to the UK as quickly as possible has meant that it has not been possible, in all cases, to arrange local authority support. In those cases, we are putting in place hotel accommodation.
The Government is already working with over 100 councils across the UK to meet the demand for housing, with over 2,000 places already confirmed.