01 Dec Evacuated Afghan Families win permission to challenge Home Office
A group of families evacuated from Afghanistan last year have been granted permission to proceed with a legal challenge against the Home Office for mismanaging the scheme set up to support their settlement and integration to UK society.
Daniel Rourke, a Public Law Project solicitor for one of the families said:
“As things stand, these families are at risk of repeated changes in temporary accommodation. Each move disrupts their attempts to hold down work, continue education, and integrate into the UK. There is no good reason why they should be relocated in circumstances where they will inevitably be moved again.
“When they have tried to arrange their own accommodation in co-ordination with the Home Office, they have been stonewalled, yet if they do so without Home Office approval, they have been told they will lose a support package in place to help their integration and independence.
“A shocking part of the Home Office’s legal argument is that the Home Secretary does not owe a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children involved. These families were recognised as most in need of help to escape the Taliban. They include people to whom the UK Government has stated it owes a huge debt. They are being treated appallingly.
“What the families need is protection from being moved like this again and an opportunity to find accommodation that they will one day be able to call home. For all that they have been through, and for the sacrifices and risks taken for our country, they deserve better.”
One of the individuals affected said:
“The move in September uprooted my children from the life we had started in this country and left them feeling deprived of their education. It felt like a deportation or a second migration for us, after we had started to feel like we had a home again.
“In our current situation, it feels like all of the good deeds and dangerous work I carried out in support of British forces in Afghanistan has been forgotten.”