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Lib Dems call for help for Afghan refugees

August 19, 2021 1:35 PM

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to commit to resettling at least 20,000 Afghan refugees as well as creating an emergency Women and Girls Resettlement Scheme.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Layla Moran MP said:

"It's now or never to save innocent Afghan womenpeople from the terror of the Taliban. The Government must step up urgently and offer a new home to Afghan refugees who've been forced to flee theirs.

"The Liberal Democrats are calling for an immediate commitment to resettle at least 20,000 Afghan refugees. The priority should be to bring those most at risk to safety through an emergency Women and Girls Resettlement Scheme.

"This commitment must be backed up with proper funding for local councils to house, support and integrate these refugees without placing even more strain on their already overstretched budgets. And that must be genuinely new funding, not further deplete our overseas aid spending that the Conservatives have already cut so devastatingly.

"The UK has a proud history of providing sanctuary to those in need. We need to show that same leadership and compassion now."