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Afghan refugees in UK may become homeless in August

Afghan refugees in UK may become homeless in August

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12 Jun 2023 - 19:41
Afghan refugees in UK may become homeless in August
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12 Jun 2023 - 19:41

KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of Afghan refugees currently being houses in hotels in the United Kingdom (UK) are likely to become homeless in August due a government deadline for their eviction, a media report said.

About 8,000 Afghan refugees, allowed into the country in 2021 under the ”Operation Warm Welcome” are due to be evicted from hotels as early as August because of a government deadline, yet have nowhere to go, The Guardian reported.

The UK had welcomed around 24,500 Afghans under ‘Operation Warm Welcome’.

The emergency meeting, held last Thursday, came hours before the prime minister quietly dropped a controversial plank of last year’s asylum law that had introduced a two-tier refugee system.

Further problems for Rishi Sunak arrive on Sunday when a parliamentary committee will say his illegal migration bill breaches a number of international human rights obligations and would mean that the UK is “turning its back on the vast majority of refugees”.

In a damning report, the joint committee on human rights urges the UK to fulfil its role in the global system of refugee protection and not walk away from its legal obligations to refugees, children and victims of modern slavery.

During Thursday’s meeting, also attended by a number of Home Office private contractors, officials discussed “low-cost” options to move up to 50,000 asylum seekers who are in hotel accommodation.

However, it became “quickly evident” that councils would struggle to help because of an acute housing shortage.

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