According to CoventryLive, since the beginning of August around 25 Afghans have arrived in Coventry. Peter Barnett, Head of Migration & Library Services at Coventry City Council was quoted as saying “We’ll have 100-150 within the next couple of months. We’ve been part of refugee resettlement before so we would be looking to see what the details are when they’re a bit clearer.”
The UK government’s Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme web page says the Home Office is “committed to providing protection for vulnerable people fleeing Afghanistan. The Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme will welcome up to 5,000 vulnerable Afghans to the UK, who have been forced to flee the country, in its first year, with up to a total of 20,000 in the long-term.”
PoliticsHome website says the scheme, which is similar to the one set up by ex-Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015 for refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, will give priority to women and girls and other groups most at risk of human rights abuses by the Taliban.
Warwickshire County Council has confirmed to CoventryLive that around 100 refugees will be welcomed into the county. But Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western and others have protested because Warwick District Council has decided to only rehome three families of refugees in the wake of the Taliban’s ascent to power in Afghanistan.
Afghan refugees are accepted under the UK government’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy. The quality and safety of accommodation provided to families has been under the spotlight after a five-year-old Afghan boy tragically fell to his death from a hotel window in Sheffield.