Defense Minister James Heappey gave out a statement saying that UK cannot accept all the eligible Afghans. Here people who helped British forces the during the country’s two-decade-long war fall under the eligibility. He further added that under the Britain’s new Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy not everyone can be given aid. This statement given out following the remarks from MP Clive Efford. He has commented saying that he knows of people who despite being eligible have been denied of any aid.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month stated that UK would provide utmost help to refugees. This amid Kabul evacuation efforts. They promised to help the Afghan friends who guided and served with our soldiers and officials during the hated battle. But however Heappey now stated on behalf of the government. As it was impossible to help everybody in connection with the UK armed forces under the ARAP scheme, the terms made tight. He added that about 15,000 people, including UK service members and British and Afghan nationals, transported to the UK following the evacuation of Kabul.
However several other accepted under the ARAP not airlifted. They informed to travel by other means. The British government informed that they would provide a new life in safety in UK for 20,000 Afghan refugees. This an add on to the Afghans who already evacuated under ARAP. In the statement Heappey said: “It’ll take some time for the dust to settle on exactly who’s out and who we’ve yet to bring out, but we’re still working very hard to do so. The security situation dynamic, our partnerships in the region are being developed, but every confidence that we’ll be able to help those that need help.”