Troops will help gather information to help move evacuees from hotels to permanent housing, the Government says.
Afghanistan

'We Haven't Lost Track Of Afghan Evacuees', Government Says

Military personnel are gathering data from those who fled Taliban rule and are temporarily in UK hotel accommodation.

Troops will help gather information to help move evacuees from hotels to permanent housing, the Government says.

The Government has denied losing count of the number of Afghan evacuees seeking temporary refuge in UK hotels.

Military personnel are being sent to hotels to support a data-gathering exercise to match individuals to suitable permanent housing.

The Times reported claims that the UK had "lost control of numbers", but this has been denied by the Government.

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English levels are one of the factors being assessed in securing long-term integration from those who fled Kabul this summer.

Service personnel have been deployed in support of the Home Office following a Military Assistance to the Civil Authorities (MACA) request for assistance in improving the data relating to those individuals and families relocated to the UK from Afghanistan.

A Government spokesperson said: "The biggest and fastest emergency evacuation in recent history brought around 15,000 people to safety in the UK.

"A significant cross-Government effort is under way to ensure the thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the UK receive the support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into their local communities. 

"It is completely incorrect to suggest we do not know how many people are in hotels.

"Military personnel are supporting the Home Office to gather information that will help the Government best match individuals and families into settled housing and support their integration into the UK," the spokesperson added.