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FOREIGN AFFAIRS – AFGHAN SCHOLARS AT RISK (3) [53153] - 22 September 2021

FOREIGN AFFAIRS – AFGHAN SCHOLARS AT RISK (3) [53153] - 22 September 2021

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps she has taken with the Home Secretary to facilitate the rescue of scholars from Afghanistan who have been (a) validated by the Council for At-Risk Academics and (b) awarded funded research posts at UK Universities.  [53153]

[Due for Answer on 18 October]


The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa (James Cleverly):  The Government is working through the details of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS). The Scheme will provide protection for people at risk and identified as in need. The ACRS will prioritise those people who have assisted the UK efforts in Afghanistan who face a particular risk from the Taliban, for example because of their stand for democracy and human rights, or because of their gender, sexuality, or religion. The Government has committed to welcome around 5,000 people in the first year and up to 20,000 over the coming years. The scheme in not yet open. Further details will be announced in due course.