Boris Johnson Pledges To Allow 20,000 Afghan Refugees Into The UK

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Boris Johnson has pledged to allow 20,000 Afghan refugees into the UK over the next few years. 

The government is providing sanctuary for those desperate to escape the Taliban and, within this year alone, up to 5,000 Afghans will be accepted into the UK.

In a statement about the crisis, the Prime Minister said: “We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked with us to make Afghanistan a better place over the last 20 years.

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“Many of them, particularly women, are now in urgent need of our help.

“I am proud that the UK has been able to put in place this route to help them and their families live safely in the UK.”

The government’s new plan of action has been titled Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme and it will mainly target women and children who have been forced to flee their homes or lives are at risk.

But it’s been argued that the UK needs to live up to its ‘responsibilities’ and more should be done to help.

Labour’s shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, said: “This proposal does not meet the scale of the challenge. Not only does that risk leaving people in Afghanistan in deadly danger, it will also undermine the leadership role Britain must play in persuading international partners to live up to their responsibilities.”

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As Afghanisation has been taken over by the Taliban, people have shared their concerns over women’s rights in the country. Credit: Unsplash

Liberal Democrat’s foreign affair spokesperson, Layla Moran, also commented: “We need these vulnerable people out of the country as soon as possible, instead of the government’s vague promise of the ‘long-term’.

“The government have kicked this into the long grass when Afghans need help now, today. 20,000 should be the starting point of this scheme, not the target.”

On August 17, the Taliban held its first conference since taking over and it was declared that women’s rights would be upheld – while maintaining the Sharia law. However, many have remained sceptical over these claims.

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