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Afghanistan: Asylum

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 92921, tabled on 14 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions her Department is having with the Home Office on a scheme to allow human rights defenders, democratically elected representatives and women's rights champions from Afghanistan to find political asylum in the UK.

Answered on

21 December 2021

The Government is pressing the Taliban to respect human rights in Afghanistan, including the rights of human rights defenders, democratically elected representatives and women's rights champions. The Government has also doubled its aid to Afghanistan. Resettlement in the UK can be a solution for only a small minority of Afghanistan's people. During Op Pitting the Government evacuated more than 15,000 people from Afghanistan to the UK, including some in the groups referred to. The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme has resettled thousands of at-risk Afghans who have worked with or alongside the UK government, and their families. The Afghan citizens resettlement scheme (ACRS) will provide further protection for people at risk identified as in need. The scheme is not yet open and further details will be announced in due course.