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Afghanistan: Refugees

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 58873, tabled on 19 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of excluding dependents over the age of 18 as part of Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy on eligible family’s wellbeing; and what support is being offered to families affected by that policy.

Answered on

22 October 2021

Under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), an eligible applicant can be accompanied by a spouse over the age of 18 and their dependent children under the age of 18, however we will always consider exceptionally compelling and compassionate circumstances for additional dependants on a case-by-case basis.

The ARAP Leave Outside The Rules (LOTR) scheme is enduring, and under this the ARAP team continue to consider and accept additional family members of ARAP eligible individuals for relocation where those family members are highly vulnerable, at risk and dependant on the primary applicant.

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