Like all MPs offices, I am being contacted by many people who are rightfully concerned about friends and family members in Afghanistan. If you have relatives in Afghanistan and need my support, please contact me on lilian.greenwood.mp@parliament.uk.

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Further information can be found on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-british-and-non-british-nationals-in-afghanistan.

Afghanistan Update (10/09/2021)

The situation in Afghanistan remains high on the agenda. The events of the last few weeks have been shocking and deeply concerning. The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan exposed the staggering complacency from the Government about the Taliban threat. We now face the tragic rollback of the gains that UK soldiers, diplomats and NGO workers, and their coalition and Afghan partners, worked so hard for.

Following the end of military evacuations from Afghanistan through Kabul airport, the Government should now be supporting the safe evacuation of the British nationals and Afghans who have been left behind, but MPs and their staff are still receiving little assistance while trying to help constituents’ and their relatives. Thousands of at-risk people eligible for resettlement in the UK remain in Afghanistan and I am concerned that few practical measures have been put in place by the Government to help them.

My staff are continuing to work extremely hard in trying to reassure terrified and desperate constituents, whilst collating documents and evidence and sending it onto the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to try and help them reach safety.

The Government has announced a new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) but few details have been confirmed. What we do know is that the ACRS will resettle Afghan nationals who have been forced to flee their home or face threats of persecution from the Taliban. The Government has also said that it will take a total of 20,000 Afghan nationals “in the long term”, with 5,000 expected to be resettled in its first year of operation.

I do not believe this meets the scale of the challenge. For those who desperately need our help now there is no long term, just day-to-day survival. The ACRS must be generous and welcoming. If it is not, we know the consequences: violent reprisals in Afghanistan; people fleeing into the arms of human traffickers; and more people risking and losing their lives on unsafe journeys including across the English Channel.

The new reality in Afghanistan demands the widest coordinated international approach in dealing with the Taliban. Global leaders should agree a coordinated humanitarian response, collective help for refugees and work to guarantee the safety of humanitarian workers and diplomats remaining in Afghanistan, while doing all possible to try to protect the gains made in the last 20 years on human rights, girls’ education and counter-terrorism.

Best wishes,

Lilian

Lilian Greenwood 

MP for Nottingham South

How to help in Nottingham South

If you are wondering what you can do to help support Afghan refugees in Nottingham, please consider supporting the following organisations who are already supporting refugees and asylum seekers in our communities.

  • HOST Nottingham – provide temporary accommodation in host families’ spare rooms, practical support and advocate for a just asylum system.
  • Nottingham Refugee Forum – offer advice, support and friendship to Nottingham’s refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Nottingham Arimathea Trust – provide supported housing for refugees and destitute asylum seekers.

 

 

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