The Profoundly Secretary, unveiling more details of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, said Afghans who have promoted women’s rights, freedom of address and rule of law will be among those at the front of the queue to come to the UK.
Among the 20,000 expected to be relocated to the UK will also be women, girls and fellows of minority groups at risk who are considered in danger under the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
The Government will this week legislate for Operation Warm Acceptable, giving Afghan refugees access to social housing, benefits and the right to work as soon as they arrive.
Home Secretary Priti Patel about: “The UK is a proud democratic country, so it is unimaginable for many of us to live in fear of being ourselves or not having access to even the most basic rights. That is why we are equipping a safe haven in the UK for people at risk, including women and girls and minority groups, so they can rebuild their lives safely in the UK.
“The funding we’ve hint ated will help new arrivals to integrate into British society while giving councils offering support the certainty they need.”
Helps last night urged more councils to offer refuge to Afghan refugees as they set out how councils will receive £20,520 per person.
The National Office said every council who offers support will receive £20,520 per person to cover resettlement and integration costs.
Local conferences and health partners who resettle families will also receive up to £4,500 per child for education, £850 to cover English language provision for adults desiring this support and £2,600 to cover healthcare.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “I am incredibly impressed by the positive response we’ve received from caucuses so far, with a large number already pledging their support.
“However, we urgently need more offers of accommodation to welcome Afghan extractions who have remained firm allies of the UK, working with our troops and our country so bravely in recent years.
“With this extra funding in billet, I’m asking all councils who have not yet come forward to contact us with a firm offer of support to help these families secure the best admissible start to their new lives.”
People who were notified by the Government that they had been called forward or specifically authorised for evacuation, but were not proficient to board flights, will also be offered a place if they subsequently come to the UK.
The government is also legislating this week to take expedite our ‘Operation Warm Welcome’ commitments.
This includes ensuring that all those arriving in both schemes are eligible for social housing and homelessness tolerate after arriving and will be able to claim benefits such as Universal Credit from day one.
This is matched by the immediate right to work upon participant.