Councils called on the Home Office to welcome more Afghan refugees

Towns and cities across the UK are calling on the government to take even more fugitives in response to the humanitarian crisis developing in Afghanistan.

Dozens of locals councils, including major cities such as Birmingham, Southampton and Liverpool, which promised to welcome Afghans under the Home OfficeThe new resettlement program or existing relocation schemes that follow Taliban take over.

The government is committed to providing 5,000 people shelter under Afghanistan resettlement scheme of citizens in the coming years – with a vague ambition to provide sanctuary to a total of 20,000 Afghans in the “long term”.

The Independent Supported calls for ministers to be more ambitious in its plan to bring back Afghans. Our Refugees are welcome the campaign calls for the government to offer sanctuary to as many people as possible, and for local authorities and charities committed to their welfare to be given the strongest support.

Councils from across the UK have come forward to say they would welcome refugees to their local communities – with some urging ministers to go further – disputing claims from the home secretary that it was not possible. to arrange more number.

The house secretary said on Wednesday that the UK could not afford to accommodate 20,000 refugees “all in one go” after criticizing the new scheme and its target.

The Independent are aware of at least 34 local councils that have so far pledged to participate in any of the local staff employee schemes known as Afghan Relocation and Assistance Assistance (ARAP) policies, which have already begun, the broader resettlement scheme or both.

Many also spoke out against the figure proposed by the Home Office, arguing that the UK could “do more”.

Ms. Patel erased the UK’s number commitment to greater resettlement of refugees earlier this year, marking the first time in nearly two decades that Britain was not committed to the resettlement of a specific number of refugees.

A number of authorities, including Bristol, Newcastle and Swansea, have signed up to the City of Sanctuary scheme to identify safer routes for Afghans.

A City of Sanctuary UK spokesman said:

“We call on the p rime minister and the home secretary to quickly identify how the UK will work with local authorities to ensure more than 5,000 are supported to live in our communities in the coming weeks and an additional annual target 10,000 per year for the Global Resettlement Scheme. “

Kevin Bonavia, cabinet member for democracy, refugees and accountability at Lewisham Council said The Independent the government’s promise to relocate 5,000 Afghans a year is “anywhere close to what is demanded” in the face of a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

“Ms Patel claims that it is not possible to live again. That is not true. Our country would have done a lot if the political was there, with 11,000 from Hungary in 1956 and 30,000 from Uganda in 1972,” he said.

“The political will is certainly there on a local level with councils across the UK mobilizing to provide homes and support.”

Mr Bonavia said that instead of “one-off bespoke” promises from the government with “different complex standards”, ministers should introduce a comprehensive national resettlement program with annual target to allow councils to “plan ahead and ensure they can relocate refugees wherever they come from.”.

No 10 have defended its resettlement scheme and insisted that only 5,000 fleeing Afghans will be offered sanctuary in the UK next year because it is “too rare” for people to renounce their country.

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