UK to welcome 20,000 Afghans amid Taliban takeover

UK to welcome 20,000 Afghans amid Taliban takeover
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Daily US Times: The UK government has promised that thousands of Afghan refugees will be resettled in the UK after the Taliban seized control of the country.

The new scheme will see up to 20 thousand Afghans offered a route to set up home in the UK in the coming years.

5,000 refugees will be eligible in the first year – with girls, women and others in need having priority.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel urged other countries to help, writing in the Daily Telegraph “we cannot do this alone”.

Opposition parties have criticised the government’s settlement plan for not going far enough.

The new plan is on top of the existing scheme for interpreters and other staff who worked for the United Kingdom.

Some 5,000 Afghans and family members are expected to benefit from the scheme.

Parliament has been recalled and PM Boris Johnson is to open a debate in the House of Commons about the situation in Afghanistan from 09:30 BST on Wednesday.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister spoke to US President Joe Biden on Tuesday evening about the evacuation of Kabul.

A spokesperson said that both of the leaders “resolved to continue working closely together on this in the days and weeks ahead to allow as many people as possible to leave the country”, a spokesperson said.

Mr Johnson said while Announcing the new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme: “We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked with us to make Afghanistan a better place over the last twenty years.”

In her piece in the Telegraph, Ms Patel wrote that she wanted to ensure the UK was doing “everything possible to provide support to the most vulnerable fleeing Afghanistan so they can start a new life in safety in the UK”.

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