Additional funding for councils
The UK is doubling the amount of humanitarian aid to the region, up to £286 million with immediate effect, and a new bespoke resettlement scheme is set to relocate up to 20,000 vulnerable Afghans. Additional healthcare provision, access to COVID-19 vaccinations and funding for housing will be provided to support Afghans coming to the UK via the Afghanistan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme. Read more here.
The accelerated Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) was launched on 1 April 2021. Under the policy, any current or former locally employed staff who are assessed to be under serious threat to life are offered priority relocation to the UK regardless of their employment status, rank or role, or length of time served.
The Afghanistan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) aims to welcome 5,000 Afghans in year one, with up to a total of 20,000 in the long-term. The UK Government is working urgently to open this route, and further details will be announced in due course.
Please use these links to factsheets on both schemes:
Support for British and non-British nationals in Afghanistan – phone numbers can be found here.
Third Sector Support
- The Royal British Legion has seen an increase in calls, and their welfare teams are already helping those who have reached out, working collaboratively with referral partners and national and local government. Anyone affected by the recent events is invited to call on 0808 802 8080. The support extends to Afghans who worked alongside the British Armed Forces and hold a HM Armed Forces campaign medal.
- The Welsh Refugee Council are posting updates on their website and you can check here and here to find out more, and understand what we can all do to help.
- Oasis Cardiff will offer support to any asylum seekers and refugees, including ESOL, employability, cultural integration and mental health support. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Red Cross emergency response support can be requested via ERWales@redcross.org.uk where required.
- EYST is already working with Afghan clients (Asylum seekers, refugees and Afghan resettlement scheme) and actively supporting families and individuals. Please do contact them if they can support or assist email@example.com
- The African Community Centre is already offering specialist counselling service to Afghan nationals who are worried about their families back home. They are also ready to provide specialist trauma counselling services to the new arrivals in Wales with the help of experienced interpreters. They offer basic English classes divided into men and women, play therapy for children. Feel free to contact or make referrals firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Henna Foundation and Women Connect First have been supporting women who are stranded in Afghanistan, attempting to leave. They believe a separate discussion on women and children and the support required is needed to make sure the women’s voices are heard. Their stories, experiences and needs are unique. We’ll update you on developments.
We will share details when they are available of any central service set up to distribute support and donations.
The main issue is finding sufficient family houses. If you have accommodation that can be offered to the ARAP Scheme please contact Emma-Louise Maher, Refugee Resettlement Officer on email@example.com The WSMP Resettlement Coordinator is matching property offers to families as they come through.
Wales Strategic Migration Partnership's role
The Wales Strategic Migration Partnership will continue to work with all 22 local councils and a wide range of other partners to respond to the humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan.