To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals arrived in the UK as a consequence of Operation Pitting; and what assessment has been made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of those people eligible for indefinite leave to remain under (i) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (ii) Afghan citizens' resettlement scheme.
21 September 2021
Between 15 and 29 August, the Department evacuated over 15,000 people from Afghanistan. That includes around 5,000 Afghans who loyally served the UK, along with their dependants; and around about 500 special cases of particularly vulnerable Afghans, including Chevening scholars, journalists, human rights defenders, campaigners for women’s rights, judges and many others.
As the Government has announced, Afghans who have arrived under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme will be given indefinite leave to remain and others who arrived and are moving onto the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme will also be given ILR; we are working through individuals on a case by case basis, as some will have entered via other categories.