Afghanistan: Immigration

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th September 2021.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have qualified for relocation under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme up to 8 September 2021.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) has been one of the most generous in the world, under which approximately 7,000 Afghan nationals who supported the UK Government in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK since April 2021.

Prior to 8 September, approximately 1,700 individual cases have been approved under the ARAP scheme. That scheme is not time-limited and will endure. As we continue to receive and assess applications we expect to identify more Afghan nationals who are eligible for relocation under ARAP.

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