To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan interpreters who have worked with the armed forces have had their application for relocation to the UK rejected in the last year.
Mr Philip Dunne
Under the Ex Gratia Redundancy Scheme over 400 former locally employed staff have been offered the opportunity to apply for relocation to the UK. No applications have been refused under this scheme to date and over 170 of these local staff, along with their immediate families, have been successfully relocated to the UK so far. In addition to the redundancy scheme we have our Intimidation Policy, where staff can contact a dedicated team based in Kabul for support if they are being intimidated because of their work with British Forces. Under this scheme individuals do not apply for relocation to the UK; they provide us with information about their case which is then investigated thoroughly. Appropriate mitigation measures are provided to the local staff member, which can include bespoke security advice, relocation within Afghanistan, and in certain cases, relocation to the UK.