Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Afghans who fled to Britain to flee the Taliban are so tired of staying in hotels that they are begging to be allowed to return home

  • Hundreds of Afghans arrived in Britain during Operation Warm Welcome
  • But lack of housing means that many live in emergency hotel accommodation
  • A doctor reported his refugee patient asking for ‘freedom from the hotel’


Afghan families who fled to Britain during the Taliban takeover of their country have asked to be sent home again.

Hundreds of refugees arrived in Britain as part of Operation Warm Welcome, the government’s resettlement program, as British and US troops completed their withdrawal.

But lack of housing offered with advice meant many families had to be relocated to hotels as temporary emergency accommodation.

While 400 million. Pounds in funding had been provided for resettlement in September, Interior Ministry officials admitted that some Afghans were to be kept in hotels for several months.

Afghan families who fled to Britain during the Taliban takeover of their country have asked to be sent home again.  Pictured: Border Police personnel assist a female evacuated as Afghan refugees arrive from Kabul at Heathrow Airport

Afghan families who fled to Britain during the Taliban takeover of their country have asked to be sent home again. Pictured: Border Police personnel assist a female evacuated as Afghan refugees arrive from Kabul at Heathrow Airport

Now, however, almost two months after the conquest of Kabul, the refugees have said they are tired of waiting for a permanent home.

A doctor who has worked with the newcomers told The Guardian: ‘I have had a couple of patients who have told me they want to go home.’

He told the newspaper that a 67-year-old patient had said: ‘I can no longer. I have to get out of this [hotel] room.’

‘Another said, “I just want my freedom from the hotel.”

The doctor said the husband and wife were ‘so bored’ with the ordeal that he had to put them both on medication.

Britain has evacuated more than 15,000 people from Afghanistan since August 13, including 8,000 Afghans who had worked with British armed forces.

Hundreds of refugees arrived in Britain as part of Operation Warm Welcome, the government's resettlement program, as British and US troops completed their withdrawal

Hundreds of refugees arrived in Britain as part of Operation Warm Welcome, the government’s resettlement program, as British and US troops completed their withdrawal

Operation Warm Welcome is overseen by Victoria Atkins, who has been appointed Afghan Minister of Resettlement.

In late August, Home Secretary Priti visited Patel Heathrow Airport, where she met with refugees arriving on evacuation flights.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The UK’s largest and fastest emergency evacuation in recent times has helped over 15,000 people to safety and hotels remain a temporary measure to help accommodate those we brought here.

‘It’s going to take time to find permanent housing for everyone, but we’re working quickly with our partners to do that.

‘Our aim is to support everyone who has resettled here to build a successful life in the UK, which is why we work around the clock to provide family support.

‘This includes working closely with local authorities across the UK to ensure that all temporary residents of hotels have access to essential provisions, healthcare, education and universal credit.’

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