The UK government will work with other countries to relocate up to 20,000 Afghans in the UK, said Home Secretary Priti Patel
A new program allows up to 5,000 Afghans to be eligible within the first year and thousands more may move to the UK in the long term.
but Priti Patel the BBC said “we cannot deliver this alone”.
Women, girls as well as religious and other minorities are given preferential treatment.
These groups are among the most vulnerable human rights violations by the Taliban after the militants took control of the capital Accept.
Opposition parties have criticized, however, that the arbitration scheme does not go far enough.
That comes after The Taliban reportedly “cooperated” with British forces as they are working to evacuate people from the country of Afghanistan and are not behaving “medieval”, the chief of the British Defense Staff said now.
The new plan complements the existing program for interpreters and other staff who worked for the UK.
Around 5,000 Afghans and family members are said to benefit from this policy.
At the BBC breakfast, Ms. Patel refused to give a timeframe for how long it would be before the 20,000 Afghans were brought to the UK.
However, she compared the new scheme to one that was introduced for Syrian refugeeswhere a similar number of people were relocated over a seven-year period.
“We could bring a lot more in the end [than 20,000] But first we have to have the foundation, the infrastructure and the support for that, ”she said.
She said a goal of 5,000 in the first year was “achievable,” adding, “It would be honestly terrible to be able to bring people in and not be able to give them the support they need in terms of housing, relocation and providing opportunities to do so. building a new life in the UK. “
When asked how the UK gets vulnerable people out of Afghanistan who may not feel safe leaving their homes, Ms Patel said ministers would be working with third party agencies. humanitarian organizations and other governments, including the United States and Canada.
She added that people from neighboring countries as well as Afghanistan itself could also be relocated.
That comes after British troops returning to Afghanistan “are not in sight,” Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said now. Wallace said the time is not yet right to decide whether to recognize the Taliban as the Afghan government.
Parliament has been recalled and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will open a debate in the House of Commons on the situation in Afghanistan from 9:30 a.m. BST on Wednesday.
Downing Street said Mr Johnson spoke to US President Joe Biden on Tuesday evening about the evacuation from Kabul.
The heads of state and government “decided to continue to work closely together in the coming days and weeks to allow as many people as possible to leave the country,” said a spokesman.