Government Expands Relocation Scheme For More Afghan Interpreters

A decision which was made by the government to expand relocation will entitle a number of Afghan interpreters to settle in the country.

More Afghan interpreters eligible to settle in UK
Dost, one of the Afghan interpreters/ Picture credit: BBC

A decision which was made by the government to expand relocation will entitle a number of Afghan interpreters to settle in the country.

Under the government`s resolution, hundreds of Afghan interpreters who worked with British forces in Afghanistan will be eligible to apply for settlement in the UK. Following the announcement of the original scheme in 2013, about 450 interpreters relocated to the UK with their families.

A number of those who had been disentitled said they were targeted by the Taliban. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace supported the government`s decision and said the expansion of the scheme was “the honourable thing to do”.

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Mr Wallace said the expansion of the government relocation scheme was a “thank you” to the interpreters for all their efforts and loyal service.

The decision to expand the scheme came after criticism of the original scheme from MPs and some former British military personnel. The original scheme only entitled those who worked with the British on the frontline for one year or more and were made redundant to apply.

Following discussions between the defence and home secretaries, the has expanded the resettlement scheme. Under the scheme, Afghan interpreters who worked on the frontline with British troops for one and half years or more between May 2006 and December 2014, but then resigned will have the entitlement to apply for resettlement in the UK together with their families.

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The home secretary, Priti Patel said: “It’s right that we do right by them, the very people that have served alongside our forces in one of the most hostile and difficult places in the world.”

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