Refugees: Afghanistan

Home Office written question – answered on 9 November 2022.

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Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Conservative, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the people who were evacuated from Afghanistan in 2021 are in hotel accommodation as of 2 November 2022.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

Through Operation Warm Welcome, Afghans resettling in the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) are being supported in accessing accommodation alongside the vital health, education, and support into employment they need, to fully integrate into society.

As stated in the recently published, 'Afghan Resettlement: Operational Data' factsheet, at 12 Aug 2022:

  • The UK has welcomed 21,450 people to the UK from Afghanistan - or a neighbouring country - since June 2021.
  • Of these, around 15,000 individuals were evacuated during the Operation Pitting military evacuation in August 2021.
  • Since the end of Op PITTING, we have brought around 5,000 more individuals, affected by the crisis in Afghanistan, to the UK.
  • The UK is currently providing temporary accommodation for 9,667 people in hotels while they await settled accommodation.

The factsheet will be updated every quarter – with the next iteration scheduled for publication on 24 November 2022.

The Home Office will also include Afghan resettlement statistics in its quarterly Immigration Statistics publications, in due course.

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