Support and information for people affected by the crisis in Afghanistan - Refugee Council

Support and information for people affected by the crisis in Afghanistan

A summary of the most recent information from a range of sources to help people affected by the crisis in Afghanistan. This page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

You or your friends or family want to leave Afghanistan

The UK Government is assisting Afghans who have worked with them to come to the UK. You can find out if you are eligible here.

The UK Government will be opening a new resettlement scheme for Afghans – it is not open yet. You can read more information here.

The UK Government has set up a helpline for non-British nationals in Afghanistan who may be at risk. You can find out the latest information here. Please note: This helpline may be very busy so please keep trying if you are unable to get through.

The UNHCR has published information for people in Afghanistan which you can find here.

The UNHCR has published information for Afghans arriving in Iran which you can find here.

The UNHCR has published information for Afghans arriving in Pakistan which you can find here.

You are unable to contact family in Afghanistan

The British Red Cross provides an Internal Family Tracing service. If your relatives are not answering normal communications such as telephone, email or mobile, Red Cross may be able to help. Please contact your nearest British Red Cross office redcross.org.uk/trace and tell them they would like to contact a family member.

You are an Afghan who has been evacuated to the UK

The Government have published a website to provide information on your rights an entitlements in the UK.

The Government have also set up a helpline for Afghans living in temporary hotel accommodation. The helpline provides information on the support available to you. Please dial: 02475 389 980 and press ‘Option 1’ when asked to do so.

You are an Afghan living in the UK and have made an asylum claim

If you have been refused but your appeal has not been heard you may wish to speak to your legal rep to ensure the latest information is heard by the judge.

If you are appeal rights exhausted and/or have been issued with removal directions it is important that you seek legal advice. If you need advice or to get a new legal representative, these organisations can provide you with help to understand your options and access a legal representative.

Ask if you qualify for free legal advice (legal aid) before paying for it.

If you are destitute you can contact our Infoline on 0808 196 7272 to access support services in your area.

You live in the UK and want to offer support

You can help refugees rebuild shattered lives in safety here in the UK by donating to our Refugee Crisis Appeal.

We work with hundreds of volunteers to support refugees and people seeking asylum. If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can view our opportunities here.

Our friends at IMIX have produced a helpful list of actions you can take here and abroad to support Afghans.

The government have set up a webpage to allow members of public to offer their support in the form of accommodation, fostering and donated goods. You can access it here.

You want to make a donation to support refugees in the UK

Refugee Council’s expert teams are working hard to help hundreds of Afghans including translators and military support staff who have made it to the UK. Donate today and you could help provide life-changing services for refugees arriving in the UK who have lost everything.

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We also have also started a Crowdfunder for our Refugee Crisis Appeal. You can support this urgent appeal by starting your own Fundraiser.