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Afghanistan: British Council

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 51878, tabled on 20 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to urgently evacuate British Council employees stranded in Afghanistan.

Answered on

23 September 2021

We stand by our commitment to help all Afghans who are eligible to come to the UK. This includes Afghans who helped our allied forces, our Embassy and civil society, or those who face a particular risk from the Taliban. The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) offers resettlement for Afghan staff who have assisted the UK government, and their families. We are also setting up the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) which will welcome up to 5,000 vulnerable Afghans over the next year and up to a total of 20,000 over four years.

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