Supporting Afghan refugees

Information for residents in Suffolk on how they can provide support to Afghan refugees.

Last updated 31 August 2021

On Wednesday 18 August, the Government announced its new resettlement scheme for Afghan refugees. Whilst the full details are yet to be confirmed, it's likely that the Government will need Local Authorities to support this national effort. All councils and public sector leaders in Suffolk are committed to this cause.

We've already helped a small number of Afghan interpreters and their household to resettle in Suffolk. We're now committed to welcome more households in the coming days and weeks as part of our Afghan resettlement activities, in addition to ongoing work to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children and other refugees entering the UK.

How you can help

Because the numbers of people coming to Suffolk is very small at the moment, there is currently no requirement for items to be donated. However, this situation might change. Therefore, we are asking people who think they might be able to help to contact us in the first instance so that we have your details.

Email afghanrefugeesupport@suffolk.gov.uk if you think you might be able to help.

COVID-19

Afghanistan is currently a red list country for COVID-19. People arriving from Afghanistan will have to quarantine in a hotel or other accommodation for 10 days and be given PCR tests. 

Resettlement schemes

Suffolk County Council supports the Government’s UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS). Learn more about our support for existing refugees.