Afghanistan: British Council

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 23rd September 2021.

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Photo of Zarah Sultana Zarah Sultana Labour, Coventry South

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.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

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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