In Parliament today I called on the Government to take action so that the families of Afghan interpreters who served with the British Army can be reunited in the UK away from the threat of the Taliban.
In a question to the Defence Secretary I said “What is the Secretary of State doing with the Home Office to address the issues faced by the Afghan interpreters who settled here under the Government scheme, but are now facing real difficulties being reunited with their families here because of the normal spousal visa rules? Their work was crucial and dangerous and they deserve better.
Many Afghan interpreters in the UK – including constituents in Newport East – feel that their lives are on hold and every day they fear for the safety of their families while the uncertainty around their families’ residency status persists. These are brave individuals who supported our forces fighting the Taliban, and we owe them a duty of care for their service to our country. The very least the Government can do is ensure that their spouses and children are reunited with them in the UK. It’s high time the Ministry of Defence and Home Office sorted this situation out.