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Military complex in South Wales will be used to house Afghan refugees

A military complex will be used to house people who worked for the British government in Afghanistan but fled after the Taliban seized power.

East Camp in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, will house 50 people by the end of March with more arriving in April, the Ministry of Defense said.

The site can accommodate up to 180 people.

Those who arrive are eligible for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap) program.

The scheme is aimed at those who have worked for or with the UK government in Afghanistan in ‘exposed or significant’ roles.

It targets those who could face retaliation from the Taliban, who regained power in Afghanistan in August 2021 due to their ties to international forces.

“We are deeply indebted to those brave Afghans who risked their lives working alongside our troops in support of the British mission,” the Ministry of Defense said.

East camp

East Camp can accommodate up to 180 people [BBC]

Those who qualify will be housed at East Camp for six weeks “before moving to more established accommodation”, a spokesperson added.

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The Ministry of Defense said it was working with the Welsh Government and Vale of Glamorgan Council to ensure the project was managed “with everyone in mind”, especially those who live locally.

In 2023, plans to house Ukrainian refugees in nearby Llantwit Major sparked demonstrations by a far-right group.

The Welsh Government said the program was the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence, with which it was “working constructively” to ensure those transferred to Wales from Afghanistan could “integrate effectively”.

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