How to help Afghan refugees in the UK: Campaigns and charities supporting people fleeing Afghanistan conflict – iNews

The conflict in Afghanistan has seen thousands forced to flee their homes or risk persecution from the Taliban.
The UK is among the countries who have announced it will take in thousands of women, children and those most at risk from the group.
With 5,000 Afghan nationals will be able to resettle in the country over the next 12 months, many will be wondering how they can help those seeking refuge in the UK.
Organisations within the UK have called for help in supporting the Afghan refugees in the country.
This includes vacant properties and housing for refugees, as well as community and cultural activities – such as art workshops and youth activities.
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People can also offer support to help refugees settle in – be it through companionship or running errands by way of legal and mental health support, tutoring, translating and interpreting services.
Donations – specifically baby equipment, clothes and homeware – are also being welcomed.
Those who want to help can search their postcode on this website, to find the specific help their council is looking for.
Refugees and people who have been granted ‘humanitarian protection’ status have the right to work within the UK.
But despite many having the skills, experience and qualification within various fields, many struggle to gain employment, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
Businesses can offer meaningful employment to refugees which not only enables self-sufficiency but provides social connections too.
However, those who are still seeking asylum are not legally able to work in the UK – a law criticised by hundreds of charities and campaigners who are fighting to lift the ban.
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In doing so, it will improve the mental health of people seeking asylum and lessen their vulnerability to exploitation.
It will also allow them to avoid poverty, earn a living, and integrate better into society.
There are a number of humanitarian organisations that work with refugees both in the UK and abroad through various means.
The UN Relief Agency, Refugee Council and Refugee Action are among the charities that work to support refugees through medical assistance, education and resettlement.
To amplify the help, specifically to the thousands being impacted by current events in Afghanistan, people can donate money to the organisations, or volunteer.
There are a number of charities on the ground in Afghanistan specifically working to protect women and women’s rights.
Among them are Afghan Women’s Resource Centre, Afghan Women’s Network, and Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan.
While the Government has announced it will welcome thousands of Afghans into the UK, its wider approach to migrant resettlement has been met with criticism.
It last month passed the Nationality and Borders Bill which will allow Border Force the power to seize migrant boats attempting to cross the English Channel, and use “reasonable force, if necessary”, as well as search all freight for migrants.
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Prison sentences for those who enter the UK “without permission” will increase from six months to four years, and a maximum of life imprisonment for those convicted of people smuggling.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the legislation was needed as British people had had enough of “dinghies arriving illegally” in the country, and migrants pretending to be refugees.
However, MPs and campaigners have argued it will impact thousands of those who need help, including thousands who are fleeing war and persecution.
Some 9,000 people who would have been accepted as refugees under the current rules would no longer be able to seek safety in the UK, Refugee Council says.
It estimates up to 14,000 people in need of help will be held in reception centres that could be overseas.
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