More details for the UK scheme to resettle Afghan refugees have been provided by the government.
It comes as the United Nations revealed more than $1.1bn (£750m) has been pledged to help Afghanistan in the wake of the collapse of the previous regime and takeover of the Taliban.
The UK has said it will work with the UN‘s refugee agency – the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) – to find those refugees most at risk and help resettle them “based on their protection and humanitarian need”.
The UK government minister responsible for the resettlement of Afghans – Victoria Atkins – told the House of Commons on Monday how the administration will help those who assisted the British military and regime.
This will be done through two schemes – the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Police (ARAP), and the Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme (ACRS).
Home Secretary Priti Patel and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick have asked for more councils to come forward to help Afghan refugees.
Measures announced by the UK government
At the UN, Secretary General Antonio Guterres told a conference that Afghans were facing “perhaps their most perilous hour”.
“The people of Afghanistan are facing the collapse of an entire country – all at once”.
He added that food could run out by the end of this month, with the World Food Programme saying 14 million people were on the brink of starvation.
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It was said that countries including China, Pakistan, Iran, Norway and the United State had all promised aid to Afghanistan.
It is not clear exactly how any aid will be handed out on the ground.
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