Afghanistan: Refugees

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 7 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 Defence, what information his Department holds on the number and proportion of ARAP applications that have been pending a decision for more than (a) three, (b) six, (c), 12, (d) 18 and (e) 24 months.

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

As of 6 February 2024, 96,676 total applications have been made for ARAP of which 94,551 (98%) have been decided. Of the 2,125 still pending a decision:

  1. 422 (20%) have waited for 6 months
  2. 333 (16%) have waited for 12 months
  3. 268 (13%) have waited for 18 months
  4. 207 (10%) have waited for 24 months.

These are all complex cases that the Ministry of Defence are working hard to resolve at pace, often alongside colleagues across Government.

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