Refugees: Government Must Resettle 20,000 Afghans and Prioritise Women and Girls

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to commit to resettling at least 20,000 Afghan refugees as well as creating an emergency Women and Girls Resettlement Scheme.

By Office of Wera Hobhouse, Aug 17, 2021 1:08

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to commit to resettling at least 20,000 Afghan refugees as well as creating an emergency Women and Girls Resettlement Scheme.

 Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath and Liberal Democrat Women’s and Equalities Spokesperson, said: 

“We have this one moment to save innocent people from the terror of the Taliban. The Government must step up urgently and offer a new home to Afghan refugees who have been forced to flee theirs.

“The Liberal Democrats are calling for an immediate commitment to resettle at least 20,000 Afghan refugees. The priority should be to bring those most at risk to safety through an emergency Women and Girls Resettlement Scheme.

"This commitment must be backed up with proper funding for local councils to house, support and integrate these refugees without placing even more strain on their already overstretched budgets. And that must be genuinely new funding, not further deplete our overseas aid spending that the Conservatives have already cut so harshly.

"The UK has a proud history of providing sanctuary to those in need. We need to show that same leadership and compassion now.

“Bath is a truly welcoming city. Building on the excellent work our community has done supporting Syrian refugees, I would like to see us take our share of Afghan refugees.”


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