Afghan refugees stuck in UK hotels beg to be sent back home to Afghanistan

Afghan refugees stuck in UK hotels beg to be sent back home to Afghanistan

Afghans recently resettled in Britain, after the Taliban overthrew the Afghan government, have begged to be allowed to return to their country.

A shortage of available permanent homes meant thousands of those Afghans who fought alongside British forces or fled in fear of their lives have been put up in hotels.

Late last month the Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft said 7,000 Afghans were in emergency accommodation, and many would remain there into the New Year.

The resettlement scheme, tagged Operation Warm Welcome, launched on August 29 to resettle Afghans in Britain.

However, a doctor said he’s had "a few patients telling me they want to go home" already.

He told the Guardian: "I had to put him on medication, and his wife, because they were so upset."

The delivery of the scheme intended to help Afghans rebuild their lives in the UK has come under criticism from numerous angles.

Concerns have been raised about refugees’ access to healthcare and getting registered with a local GP.

The Helen Bamber Foundation said contractors at some of the hotels were unaware of their obligation to get them signed up.

The charity’s lead doctor Jill O’Leary said the Home Office had a "blind spot when it comes to vulnerability".

Health charity Medcat also expressed concerns with the provisions for "destitute" asylum seekers.

A spokesperson said: "Arrangements by the Home Office and its contractors to house those waiting in interim publicly funded accommodation are medically dangerous."

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