Afghanistan: Refugees

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 13 July 2023.

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Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

Between December 2022 and May 2023, 15 Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) eligible principals and 49 of their family members were relocated to the UK. Over this same period 4,129 unique ARAP applications were received.

The ARAP scheme is not, and never was, intended as a general resettlement scheme for all Afghans. As such the vast majority of the applications received between the above dates will be ineligible. In total, we have received over 141,000 applications, of which 3,511 have been granted eligibility.

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