Afghanistan: Refugees

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 5 September 2023.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2023 to Question 194186, how many and what proportion of the applications which have been received but not granted ARAP eligibility are (a) awaiting consideration and (b) have been declined.

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

As of 29 August 2023, we have received over 144,000 applications since the launch of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme on 1 April 2021. To note, this figure includes duplicate applications. Of the number of unique applicants:

  • 3,038 individuals are awaiting an eligibility decision; and
  • 75,256 individuals did not meet the ARAP eligibility criteria.

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