Afghan translators who helped our troops on the battlefield and are caught in refugee camps might settle in UK beneath new Ministry of Defence plan
- Ex-military translators who fled Taliban dying threats are to be safely relocated
- As much as 20 former translators are trapped in Europe, India, Pakistan and Australia
- Initially, interpreters have been advised to return to Afghanistan to submit utility to return to the UK
- Ben Wallace’s transfer marks victory for Every day Mail’s Betrayal of the Courageous marketing campaign
Former UK army translators who fled Taliban dying threats in Afghanistan and are actually trapped in different nations are anticipated to be allowed to hunt refuge in Britain.
In a significant breakthrough for males who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with British troops, the Ministry of Defence is exploring methods for them to relocate to the UK from different nations.
It would imply they not face returning to Afghanistan to submit an utility to return to this nation – a journey which, for a lot of, is just too harmful.
The transfer by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is a victory for the Every day Mail’s Betrayal of the Courageous marketing campaign, which has highlighted the plight of ex-interpreters in so-called ‘third nations’.
As much as 20 former translators are trapped, primarily throughout Europe but in addition in India, Pakistan and Australia, in response to estimates.
Former UK army translators who fled Taliban dying threats in Afghanistan and are actually trapped in different nations are anticipated to be allowed to hunt refuge in Britain
Solely a small quantity have to this point been advised they might qualify for sanctuary.
Many fled Taliban dying threats and assaults after being advised they didn’t qualify for relocation beneath earlier UK authorities insurance policies.
However now they’re prone to be included beneath the revised Afghan Relocations and Help Coverage.
It’s anticipated to see lots of of interpreters at present in Afghanistan permitted for sanctuary with their households.
Below the brand new preparations translators in ‘third nations’ would have their paperwork processed at a British Embassy earlier than travelling to the UK.
Many fled Taliban dying threats and assaults after being advised they didn’t qualify for relocation beneath earlier UK authorities insurance policies
The primary group of round 50 interpreters and their households have already been positioned on standby to fly to Britain.
Tons of extra circumstances are nonetheless being processed.
The transfer comes because the Taliban introduced yesterday that interpreters ought to present ‘regret’ for his or her actions in helping so-called occupying forces in Afghanistan.
A put up on Twitter by its ‘Fee for Cultural Affairs’ described their actions as treasonous however insisted interpreters wouldn’t be harmed following the withdrawal of worldwide troops.
The pledge flies within the face of actuality as a minimum of 5 coalition translators have been murdered this 12 months and former UK interpreters have been attacked.
The Taliban mentioned: ‘As overseas forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan Afghans who labored alongside them additionally search to flee the nation and are fearful.
‘None ought to desert the nation.
‘The Islamic Emirate won’t perturb them, however requires them to return to their regular lives and if they’ve experience to serve their nation. They shall not be in any hazard on our half.’