Afghanistan: Refugees

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) applications, (b) requests, (c) referrals and (d) recommendations to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are pending as of 6 January 2022.

Answered on

11 January 2022

We owe a debt of gratitude to all Afghan nationals who risked their lives working alongside UK forces. As such, the ARAP Scheme has been one of the most generous relocation programmes in the world. It is not time-limited and will endure, facilitating the relocation of eligible Afghans and their families, from third countries if possible.

As of 5 January 2022, over 100,000 applications to the ARAP Scheme have been received. Of these, it is estimated that over 9,000 are currently pending a decision.

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