Refugees: Afghanistan

Home Office written question – answered at on 2 February 2024.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people approved for relocation under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are residing in hotels in the UK as of 30 January 2024.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who are eligible under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are residing in hotels in the UK as of 30 January 2024.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people that have relocated to the UK under the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme are residing in hotels.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)

The UK has made an ambitious and generous commitment to resettle.

Afghans fleeing persecution and those who served the UK. The latest published Immigration system statistics - (www.gov.uk) show that (up to the end of September 2023) we have brought around 24,600 people to safety from Afghanistan and the region.

These statistics also show that:

  • we have resettled 9,839 people under all three of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement scheme (ACRS) pathways;
  • we have relocated 11,684 under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP); and
  • 1,674 people were living in interim accommodation (i.e. hotels/serviced accommodation) during this period (though this number changes frequently, and most of those within interim have now moved into settled accommodation) as of September 2023.

ACRS and ARAP arrivals correct as of around December 2023, and accommodation data will be reflected in the next release of the Immigration Statistics, which is due around 22 February 2024.

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