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ILPA urges Home Office to concede tribunal appeals for Afghan nationals

Together with the ACAA, the association also urged the Home Office not to adjourn pending asylum appeals and ensure they are heard ‘without delay’

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) has called upon the Home Office to concede tribunal appeals involving Afghan nationals waiting for hearing.

Together with the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA), the organisation proposed that Afghan citizens with pending asylum applications should be granted refugee status.

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The pair of associations also urged the Home Office not to adjourn pending asylum appeals and ensure they are heard “without delay”.

The proposals come as part of a wider letter to the office pushing for actions to facilitate the effective evacuation, resettlement and protection of Afghan citizens.

The associations called for an increase to the “capacity of UK government staff and facilities to assist Afghans at risk” via a number of measures.

These include deploying more telephone receivers, making national and international calls free of charge, and establishing a facility for UK family members to submit email applications for family reunion.

To conclude, Nooralhaq Nasimi, director at the ACAA, and Nicole Francis, chief executive at the ILPA, said: “We urge the UK government to take these steps to respond urgently to the crisis that is unfolding. 

“We are ready to provide every assistance in securing protection for Afghans at risk and look forward to your confirmation of the actions taken in each of these areas.”

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