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Devon councils working to find long-term accommodation for Afghan citizens

Two figures in the distance with Kabul in the background Kabul, Afghanistan

Posted on: 20 August 2021

Devon County Council is working in partnership with district councils in response to the situation in Afghanistan. 

A spokesperson for the County Council said:

“Devon’s councils support the UK government’s moves to relocate Afghan citizens who worked with and for UK forces and organisations, and are working actively to find long-term accommodation for these friends of the UK.

“So far, four Devon District councils have offered to find accommodation, but it is too early to say how many people can be housed overall.

“Councils are very keen to hear from local landlords who would be willing to rent flats or houses to these Afghan citizens, particularly in Devon’s towns where it will be easier to help families settle in.

“The county is well placed to welcome Afghan families, building on our experience of housing nearly 50 refugee families in the last five years under the government’s Syrian resettlement scheme.

“We hope that this experience will also help us to respond to the new Afghan refugee resettlement scheme just announced by the government.

“Landlords who are interested should get in touch by email at refugeeresettlement@devon.gov.uk.”

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