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The Independent

About 4,000 Afghan youngsters nonetheless dwelling in lodges in UK after Taliban takeover



Greater than 9,000 Afghan refugees live in lodges 15 months after the Taliban takeover of their homeland and half of them are youngsters, figures present.

The Dwelling Workplace stated 9,242 Afghans have been in short-term lodging, as of November 4, dwelling in 63 lodges and “round half” have been youngsters.

This means there are at the very least 4,000 youngsters and that there’s a mean of about 147 folks staying in every lodge.

There are additionally 7,572 individuals who have moved into a non-public dwelling, with 779 who’ve been discovered a spot to reside and are ready to maneuver in.

This doesn’t embrace households who’ve made their very own lodging preparations.

Some 217 folks have additionally refused presents of lodging, the most recent report stated.

It’s because some have been supplied jobs or have ties to different areas however some have been “involved about shifting to an unfamiliar space, that they understand to be distant or with restricted entry to companies/facilities and job alternatives”.

The Dwelling Workplace stated: “We’re working laborious to determine and tackle the issues that are impacting on the willingness of households to maneuver to properties allotted to them – and we’re offering them with details about the property they’ve been supplied, and the realm, to reassure them.”

The Government pledged to resettle 20,000 refugees, with as many as 5,000 within the first yr beneath the Afghan Residents Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) within the wake of the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August final yr.

The figures present that general 22,833 folks have arrived within the UK, together with British nationals, their households and Afghans who labored for the UK.

Indefinite depart to stay has been granted to 12,296 folks, 6,314 of whom are beneath the ACRS scheme. There are 5,982 beneath the prevailing Afghan Relocations and Help Coverage (ARAP) which was set as much as deliver present or former domestically employed workers who have been assessed to be beneath severe menace to life to the UK.

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