Home secretary @pritipatel is challenged on Boris Johnson’s resettlement scheme, which will grant asylum to 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan who fear for their lives under Taliban rule. 5,000 will be resettled in the first year.
Priti Patel claims UK cannot accommodate 20,000 refugees ‘all in one go’ amid criticism of scheme
Home Secretary Priti Patel says the number of interpreters and third party contractors brought over from Afghanistan to the UK could rise from 5,000 to over 10,000
What people are saying?
Priti Patel As a nation we will do everything possible to provide support to the most vulnerable, including women and girls, fleeing Afghanistan so they can start a new life in safety in the UK – away from the tyranny and oppression they face in Afghanistan.
Simon Jones The British government says it will take in 5,000 Afghan refugees over the next year – and up to 20,000 in the longer term. Women and children will be given priority. It’s being described as ‘one of the most generous resettlement schemes in our country’s history’.
Tamara Cohen Priti Patel writes in the Telegraph says vulnerable Afghans face a “chilling future”. But she warns that “Britain cannot do it alone” just after Emmanuel Macron spoke of need for Europe to “protect ourselves against major irregular migratory flows”.