Refugees: Afghanistan

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, how many people that have relocated to the UK under the (a) Afghan relocations and assistance policy and (b) Afghan citizens resettlement scheme are residing in service family accommodation.

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

As of 2 February 2024, our records show 1,843 Afghans (principal applicants and family members) eligible for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme (ARAP) are currently in settled Service Family Accommodation (SFA) across the United Kingdom.

SFA properties are also used to provide short-term, transitional accommodation for some ARAP-eligible families on arrival to the United Kingdom. 850 Afghans (principal applicants and family members) are currently in transitional SFA prior to onwards movement into longer-term, settled accommodation.

SFA is available to ARAP eligible applicants and family members only. The Home Office are responsible for administering the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS).

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