UK ready to accept 20,000 Afghan refugees

The UK will receive around 20,000 Afghans fleeing the Taliban and at great risk in the coming years. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised that this year up to 5,000 Afghan refugees will be welcomed.

Since the fall of Kabul on Sunday, concerns have been raised for the fate of those who worked against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The call for ministers to save these people is getting louder.

“We owe it to everyone who has worked with us over the past twenty years to make Afghanistan a better place,” said the prime minister, who will address parliament on Wednesday on the crisis in Afghanistan. “Many of them, especially women, desperately need our help now. I am proud that the UK has been able to map this out to help them and their families live safely in the UK.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I want to underscore that we as a nation are doing everything we can to support the most vulnerable fleeing from Afghanistan so they can start a new life in security in the UK.” “A plan to resettle Afghan nationals will save lives.”

Opposition parties have already decried that the plans do not go far enough and are too vague to make a difference.

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