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Afghanistan: Refugees

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 50650, tabled on 16 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to urgently assess the cases of people who are funded by the Government to work with UK universities on Official Development Assistance funded projects on matters which put them at particular risk of Taliban violence, including gender and women's rights, and whose applications to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme have not yet been responded to.

Answered on

21 September 2021

The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) was launched in April 2021 to support the relocation of Afghan Locally Employed Staff (LES) to the UK. The scheme is not time-limited and will endure, remaining open to any LES who were employed by HMG and worked for the UK Government in Afghanistan.

For those who are not eligible for ARAP, including individuals employed by third parties, we are directing them to the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme (ACRS). The Home Office are working quickly to establish the details of the ACRS, which will provide protection for those identified as most at risk. The Government has committed to take around 5,000 refugees in the first year and up to 20,000 over the coming years, making this one of the most comprehensive resettlement schemes the UK has ever established.

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