Afghanistan: How are councils in Wales helping refugees?

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Children sleep on cloth covering hard ground in the darkness of the makeshift camp at Shahr-e-Naw Park in KabulImage source, Getty Images
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The Welsh government says additional funding will be needed to provide homes for more Afghan refugees

Thousands of Afghan refugees will be resettled in the UK after the Taliban seized control of Kabul, the UK government has promised.

The new Afghan citizens' resettlement scheme will see up to 20,000 people offered a route to set up home in the UK in the coming years.

The Home Office said priority would be given to women, girls, and religious and other minorities.

Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association Andrew Morgan said councils in Wales must "play our part".

Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt said the Welsh government was "working very hard" with local authorities and UK ministers to provide homes.

But she said additional funding would be needed from the UK government to put arrangements in place.

How are Welsh councils already helping Afghan refugees?

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Families have been trying to flee Afghanistan following the rapid advance of the Taliban

BBC Wales contacted all 22 Welsh local authorities asking if they are supporting the UK government's existing Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy, which began on 1 April.

It supports former UK Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office interpreters and their families.

  • Anglesey: Hopes to resettle one Afghan family
  • Blaenau Gwent: Two homes have been offered, the first family is due in September
  • Bridgend: A spokesman said: "An initial expression of interest had been made pending more details of the scheme, but we are not yet fully signed up"
  • Cardiff: Said it was urgently consulting all its key stakeholders to look at the options for providing help and was "fully committed to doing everything it can to help"
  • Caerphilly: Currently home to a family of five refugees, looking to support more
  • Carmarthenshire: Offered homes to 15 individuals or three households, the first arrived on 3 July on the first evacuation flight
  • Ceredigion: A spokesman said it was "urgently considering the options available and is in contact with the UK government officials"
  • Conwy: Agreed to resettle one family
  • Denbighshire: Offered accommodation to one family
  • Flintshire: Will be supporting the scheme and is currently working to understand specific requirements
  • Gwynedd: The council is supporting the scheme, two people have already been resettled in the county
  • Merthyr Tydfil: The council is supporting the scheme but no more details available at the moment
  • Monmouthshire: Supports the scheme but cannot confirm figures at this point
  • Neath Port Talbot: Initially declined due to "pressure on local housing stock" because of the combined effect of homelessness and those hit by flooding at Skewen. However, a spokesman told BBC Wales 24 hours later that the council was able to provide assistance to five families
  • Newport: Agreed to support the scheme and is "working to understand our capacity to assist". It says it will welcome its first family at the end of August
  • Pembrokeshire: Said it would provide support but a set number of placements was "yet to be determined"
  • Powys: Agreed to provide three homes
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf: Will support the scheme. Says this equates to a handful of families relocated to each council area
  • Swansea: It said: "We are welcoming three families in August and are looking to welcome more"
  • Torfaen: Said it was supporting the scheme but a decision has been made yet on the number of homes to be made available. It said one family has been resettled already and a number of homes are being assessed for suitability.
  • Vale of Glamorgan: The council is supporting the scheme, the number of homes it will offer will be determined after careful assessment of local resources
  • Wrexham: Has agreed to accommodate up to 10 families