Calderdale welcomes Afghan refugees

In response to the devastating situation in Afghanistan, Calderdale has pledged to support families fleeing persecution and conflict.

Calderdale has a long tradition of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers from around the world, and is proud of its kindness, diversity and togetherness.

Calderdale Council, in partnership with Migration Yorkshire, the Home Office and the local voluntary and community sector, is currently supporting two Afghan families in the borough through the already-established ARAP (Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy) resettlement and relocation scheme, and is planning to help more.

To help refugees start their new life in Calderdale, the Council is offering 12 months of support to each family, including help to secure accommodation and advice on how to set up a new home, pay bills, access benefits and gain work or training.

Through the strong Valley of Sanctuary partnership, the Council is also working with voluntary organisations to support refugees to adjust to life in the UK, including access to English language classes, cultural activity, community connections and skills development.

Calderdale has been an asylum dispersal area since 2000, and supported 50 Syrian refugees to start new lives in Calderdale as part of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme from 2014 onwards.

Throughout the pandemic, the Council has continued to work with the Home Office to ensure asylum seekers and refugees receive a warm welcome to the area.

For details of support and advice for asylum seekers and refugees in Calderdale, please visit