The British defense minister said this week that nearly 1,000 Afghans who worked with British forces have been resettled in the UK.
Defense Minister Mike Penning said Britain owed them “a debt of gratitude” for their service during the war, British media reported.
He said: “The UK remains committed to supporting our current and former local staff in Afghanistan.
“They played a vital part in our efforts towards a more secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, and our well-established redundancy and intimidation schemes recognise their contribution and the debt of gratitude we owe them.”
Penning said 130 staff and their immediate families have relocated to the UK over the past 12 months.
This takes the total to around 350 former local staff, which adds up to more than 900 people overall when you include their families, Penning said.
Of those who remained in Afghanistan, Penning said more than 100 are currently taking advantage of the British military’s offer of five years of training and financial support.
Around 20 of these have gifted the opportunity to eligible family members, in many cases to daughters who would not have otherwise had the opportunity to attend higher education.