We’re welcoming Afghan families to Barnsley and making sure that they feel supported after such trauma. We're helping them as they start to build their lives in the UK.
- Read our statement about the refugee resettlement scheme - 15 August 2022.
- Read the UK government response on GOV.UK.
Take a look at the Migration Yorkshire website for details of how you can help Afghan refugees.
Frequently asked questions
What has happened in Afghanistan?
After 20 years of war, new leadership is now in place after the country's government collapsed. The Taliban military group took control of the capital city of Kabul. The group captured Kabul on 15 August 2021. It came after foreign forces withdrew from Afghanistan on 31 August 2021.
Why have people been evacuated?
People have left Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, since the Taliban took over the country by force.
This has led to many people leaving as quickly as possible. The UK has flown people from Kabul's airport to safety.
The UK government’s top priority is to do all it can to deliver on its duty to British nationals. Also those who have helped the UK, and to get them out of the capital as quickly as possible.
What is government’s support for Afghan citizens?
You can read more about the government’s plans on their website:
Who is Migration Yorkshire?
Migration Yorkshire provide local support across the Yorkshire and Humber region. They work with national, regional and local partners to make sure that the region can deal with, and benefit from, migration. They work with agencies across the statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors. They help support the delivery of high quality services to migrants in a way that benefits everyone living in local area.
What help is available for British armed forces?
As a nation we are proud of the British armed forces and we continue to support them in Barnsley.
If you or someone you know is struggling because of the recent events, there is support on offer. As part of our Armed Forces Covenant agreement there is a range of support from us and partners where needed. Find out more about our Armed Forces Covenant.
The government is also offering support for veterans.
No place for hate
The No Place for Hate campaign champions our borough as a place where nobody faces abuse, online or in their area.
We all need to realise the effect we can have on others when we comment or post online. What might just be seen as a comment or someone showing their frustrations can often cause real harm to others. As a borough that welcomes others, we're asking our communities to support those who need our help at this time.
If you or someone you know is has been affected by a hate crime you must report it to the police. Find out more about hate and harassment.
Find out more about refugees
If you'd like to know more about refugees please visit Refugee Action.