Wrexham council appeals to landlords as the UK offers Afghan refugees a way out

Wrexham council has appealed to landlords to accommodate Afghan refugees affected by the crisis in Afghanistan.

People who worked for the UK government and the British military in Afghanistan are being relocated to the UK after the Taliban took hold of the country.

Wrexham has agreed to resettle up to 10 families and has therefore made a public appeal to landlords.

The council said: “Due to the urgent nature of the resettlement we are taking the unusual step of appealing directly to any landlords with properties that they feel may be suitable for a resettled family to please contact locallettings@wrexham.gov.uk as soon as possible to discuss further.

“Families will be supported with accommodation in the private rented sector when they arrive, integration and employability support will be provided by the Red Cross and other partner organisations.

“We are now looking for family accommodation in the private housing sector for these families.”

Kabul, Afghanistan, August 1 2021, refugee children after the collapse of the country

This approach is part of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme, which offers any current or former locally employed staff under serious threat priority relocation to the UK.

Some 5,000 former Afghan staff and their family members are expected to be relocated to the UK by the end of this year under ARAP.

Councillor Hugh Jones, lead member for communities, partnerships, public protection and community safety, said: “The proposal to take part in the Afghan Relocation Scheme received unanimous support from members and we know that Wrexham will welcome families who have done so much to support our troops and the British government whilst they were on active duty overseas.

“If you have a suitable property please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

Councillor David Griffiths, armed forces champion and lead member for housing, said: “I was proud to support this proposal to offer eligible families much needed support in order to ensure they remain safe following their service to UK troops and the UK government.

“Without their help and the sacrifice of their own safety the deaths of our armed forces personal would have been much higher. Their lives, and those of their families will be at risk if we are not able to offer refuge and show our gratitude for their service.”

Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme

The government is also launching a new scheme to help those in Afghanistan most at risk of persecution from the Taliban, like women, girls, as well as religious and other minorities.

A new Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme will see the UK take 20,000 Afghan refugees over the course of five years.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK owed “a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked with us to make Afghanistan a better place over the last 20 years” and “many of them, particularly women, are now in urgent need of our help”.

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