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Afghanistan: Refugees

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 93704, tabled on 15 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individual Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applicants have been relocated to the UK each month since April 2021.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

6 January 2022

The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) has been one of the most generous in the world, under which circa.1,300 Locally Employed Staff (LES) and others who supported the UK mission in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK since April 2021, with a large proportion being evacuated on over 100 RAF flights as part of Operation PITTING.

We owe a debt of gratitude to all Afghan nationals who risked their lives working alongside UK forces. For this reason, the ARAP scheme is not time-limited and will endure, facilitating the relocation of eligible Afghans and their families, from third countries if possible.

As at 16 December 2021, the number of ARAP eligible principles relocated by month is shown in the table below:

April

0

May

1

June

24

July

188

August (inc Op PITTING)

981

September

11

October

30

November

70

December

47

Total

1,352

As at 16 December 2021 the overall total of ARAP eligible people (families and dependants) who have been relocated to the UK since April 2021 is:

Prior to Op PITTING

1,978

During Op PITTING

Approximately 5,000

Since Op PITTING

674

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