Afghanistan: Refugees

Home Office written question – answered on 1st February 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support her Department is providing to Afghan citizens associated with minority-faith based humanitarian and development organisations wishing to resettle in the UK.

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

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme commenced on 6 January, providing up to 20,000 women, children and others at risk with a safe and legal route to resettle in the UK.

The scheme 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 and religious minorities and LGBT+).

Details of how the ACRS will operate including the referral pathways for those outside and inside Afghanistan are set in the oral statement of 6 January can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/oral-statement-on-the-afghan-citizens-resettlement-scheme

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