Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel have announced that Afghan interpreters that put their lives on the line to help British troops in Afghanistan will now be relocated to the UK as part of an expanded relocation scheme. The UK government recognises the help given by the Afghan interpreters was vital in defeating terrorism and in the search for peace.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“Courageous Afghans worked side by side with our Armed Forces to defeat terrorism, risking their own lives in the pursuit of peace.”
“In recognition of their dedication, today, we are fulfilling our promise and have expanded the relocation scheme so that more brave Afghans and their families can come and build a new life in the UK.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“Our efforts in Afghanistan simply could not have been possible without the help of brave interpreters who risked their lives to work alongside our personnel throughout the conflict.”
“They did not leave us behind then, and we will not leave them behind now. It is crucial there is a fair system in place to support those who want to relocate to the UK, and that is why we are going even further to make sure more individuals have the opportunity to apply for relocation.”
“The Home Office and Defence will always work together to address policy issues and promote British values.”
For this to happen swiftly, it’s being reported that changes to the scheme will be made through secondary legislation in October and be implemented shortly afterwards.