Under the terms of the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (Arap), Afghan staff who worked for the UK Government will see their applications to settle in Britain “rapidly accelerated”. Ministry of Defence officials said the policy will see locally employed staff who face a serious threat to life offered priority relocation.
Some 3,000 Afghans are expected to settle in the UK under the plan, which includes family members.
Veteran Army officer Ed Aitken, founder of the Sulha Alliance campaign group, said: “We are pleased with where we are but there are concerns there are some glaring gaps where there are going to be parts of this community who are left vulnerable and won’t be included under this policy.”
Those dismissed from their post, which amounted to 1,010 of those employed – more than a third – will not be eligible for relocation except on a case-by-case basis.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said he was determined that no one who supported the UK’s Armed Forces should see their life “put at risk” by the withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan by September.