Former Afghan Special Forces: Deportation Debate

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Department: Ministry of Defence

Former Afghan Special Forces: Deportation

Lord Bishop of Durham Excerpts
Tuesday 12th December 2023

(7 months, 2 weeks ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Portrait Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Lab Co-op)
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My Lords, is it not important—

Lord Bishop of Durham Portrait The Lord Bishop of Durham
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My Lords, I declare my interest as a trustee of Reset, as laid out in the register. The British population have a lot of sympathy with these Afghans. What work has been done to learn the lessons from Ukraine and see what levels of community sponsorship might be offered to such Afghans who qualify under these schemes, and to welcome them here? I recognise that this is a Home Office question, so I understand if the Minister needs to write.

Earl of Minto Portrait The Earl of Minto (Con)
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The right reverend Prelate makes a very good point. Since Pakistan changed its method of treatment of its illegal immigrants, we have managed to bring several hundred people back directly from Pakistan. In fact, another 181 are arriving today or tomorrow. They will go into transitional accommodation before they get into their proper accommodation, as was the case before 17 October. We are certainly on the right route with this.