Refugees: Afghanistan

Home Office written question – answered at on 21 December 2021.

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Photo of Geoffrey Cox Geoffrey Cox Conservative, Torridge and West Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to provide refuge for Afghan women judges who are eligible for the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme; and when that scheme will open.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister for Afghan resettlement

We are working across government and with partners such as UNHCR to design the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), amidst a complex and changing picture. We are committed to working in step with the international community to get this right, and we will set out more details soon.

The first to be resettled through the ACRS will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk.

Eligible people will be prioritised and referred for resettlement to the UK as set out in the policy statement published on on 13 September, available at

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