Afghanistan: Refugees

Home Office written question – answered on 19 July 2023.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of applications under the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme have been successful.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

The latest Immigration system statistics, year ending March 2023 - GOV.UK ( (published on 25 May 2023), show that since their first arrivals in 2021, the Afghan schemes – the ACRS and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) - have resettled a total of 21,004 people.

The UK has made one of the largest commitments of any country to support those impacted by events in Afghanistan. The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme will see up to 20,000 eligible individuals from Afghanistan and the region resettled to the UK over the coming years.

There is no application process for the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS). Instead, those who are eligible will be prioritised and referred for resettlement to the UK through one of the scheme’s three referral pathways. Further information on the ACRS can be found on the website at:

Afghan citizens resettlement scheme - GOV.UK (

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