Refugees: Afghanistan

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd November 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals who applied from (a) Afghanistan (b) within the UK after coming to the UK via Operation Pitting have been resettled in the UK under pathway 3 of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme since June 2022.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

ACRS pathway 3 is intended to offer a route to safety for those in Afghanistan and the region. This pathway is FCDO led for the first year. We will offer up to 1500 places to eligible, at-risk British Council and GardaWorld contractors and Chevening alumni, including their eligible family members.

The FCDO have been assessing over 11,400 Expressions of Interest against the eligibility criteria for Pathway 3 in the order in which they were received. Some groups within the three cohorts will be prioritised for consideration because the role they performed or the project they worked on mean they are particularly at risk. The FCDO has begun notifying eligible individuals with advice on the next steps.

Work is underway to assure information relating to all the individuals resettled under the ACRS and relocated under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) on case working systems. Once this work concludes, statistics on both schemes - including the number of people resettled under each - will be included in the published Immigration Statistics.

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