Refugees: Afghanistan

Home Office written question – answered on 19th January 2022.

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Photo of Charlotte Nichols Charlotte Nichols Labour, Warrington North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) her Department will assist people referred by hon. Members' offices to apply to the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme or (b) other referral routes should be used.

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

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will prioritise those who have assisted UK efforts in Afghanistan and stood up for UK values such as democracy, women’s rights, freedom of speech and rule of law; and vulnerable people such as women and girls at risk, and members of minority groups (including ethnic/religious minorities and LGBT+).

There will not be an application process for the ACRS. Instead, eligible people will be prioritised and referred for resettlement through one of three pathways. More detail can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/afghan-citizens-resettlement-scheme.

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