Afghan boy, 11, is mistakenly sent to France instead of UK

Afghan boy, 11, is mistakenly sent to France instead of UK

07/21/2022

Afghan boy, 11, is mistakenly sent to France instead of UK where he was due to be reunited with his family while another 12,000 refugees fleeing the Taliban are still stuck in hotels, MP reveals

  • An Afghan refugee, 11, was mistakenly sent to France instead of to Britain 
  • Conservative MP Bob Blackman criticised the Home Office for the affair 
  • The Tory MP said 12,000 refugees fleeing the Taliban remain stuck in hotels

An Afghan boy was mistakenly sent to France instead of the UK, where he was meant to reunite with his family.

Conservative MP Bob Blackman criticised the Home Office for allowing the 11-year-old to become stranded in France.

The MP for Harrow East also revealed 12,000 refugees fleeing the Taliban remain stuck in hotels. 

Conservative MP Bob Blackman criticised the Home Office for allowing an 11-year-old Afghan refugee to become stranded in France

During the second half of August 2021, more than 120,000 people were flown from Kabul

U.S. Marines provide security and check evacuees at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, on August 21 during the evacuation

He said: ‘It just can’t go on like this.

‘There seems to be a lack of co-ordination and communication because the Home Office says one thing to the constituent and another thing to my office and that can’t be right.

‘There seems to be a case where even people who have paid for the priority [passport application] service are not actually getting the service within the timeframe and that’s scandalous.’ 

‘Yesterday at the hub in Portcullis House, staffers were waiting up to four hours to be able to see people.

‘We’ve even had delays with the biometric cards and applications where one constituent has been stuck in Turkey since Christmas, waiting, and they can’t get home to be with their family.

‘This has got to change and it’s got to be clear.

‘The bureaucracy is a nightmare. We need to get this resolved.’

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