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Committee investigates safe routes and resettlement from Afghanistan

13 September 2021

The Home Affairs Committee takes evidence on safe routes and resettlement for refugees from Afghanistan on Tuesday 14 September when it takes evidence from representatives of UNHCR, Afghanistan-Analysts Network, Policy Practice, the British Red Cross, the Refugee Council and the Local Government Association.

In August 2021, the Government announced the UK will accept 20,000 Afghan refugees in the long-term, including 5,000 in the first year. Priority will be given to women and girls, and religious and other minorities who are at risk of human rights abuses and dehumanising treatment by the Taliban. The Government has also announced increased funding to support people from Afghanistan access schooling and health services.

Purpose of the session

The session will examine the current situation for individuals wishing to leave Afghanistan, including what options remain for those still in the country following the withdrawal of US and UK forces. It will consider the support currently being provided to those who have already arrived in the UK, what is required from the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme to help those in need of support and consider what lessons can be learnt from the UK’s approach to individuals leaving Syria. The session will also look at the implications of a significant increase in asylum applicants on the wider asylum system.

Witnesses

Tuesday 14 September

At 10.30am

Panel 1

  • Kate Clark, Afghanistan-Analysts Network
  • Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UNHCR 
  • Laure-Hélène Piron, Policy Practice

Panel 2

  • Alex Fraser, UK Director of Refugee Support and Restoring Family Links, British Red Cross
  • Cllr James Jamieson, Chair of Local Government Association
  • Enver Solomon, Refugee Council

Further information

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