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Afghans fed up with staying in UK hotels and asking to go home

Afghans who fled here to escape the Taliban have begged to return home.

Refugees say they are fed up with staying in an emergency hotel while waiting for a permanent home.

The new arrivals from Afghanistan are about to abandon the Operation Warm Welcome resettlement plan, which was launched in August.

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The new arrivals from Afghanistan are about to abandon the Operation Warm Welcome resettlement plan, which was launched in August.Credit: Getty

An Afghan GP, ​​who fled to Britain in 2000, said: “Some patients told me they wanted to go home.

“One guy, who was 67 years old, kept saying, ‘I can’t take this anymore. I have to get out of this hotel room. Another refugee told the doctor: “I just want my freedom from the hotel.”

The refugee and his wife were so distraught that they had to take medicine.

The newcomers are ready to abandon the Operation Warm Welcome resettlement plan, which was launched in August. The plan, led by Minister Victoria Atkins, aims to ensure that all incoming Afghans get the necessary support.

Concerns have also been raised about medical care for those who flew after the Kabul airport evacuation.

Danny Thorpe, a councilor in Greenwich, south London, called the program a “dismal failure.” He claimed that the lack of government support when 700 Afghans arrived in the municipality was inexcusable, adding: “There was a mismatch between rhetoric and action.”

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said: “Hotels remain a temporary measure to help accommodate those of us who brought here. It is going to take time to find a permanent home for everyone, but we are urgently working with our partners to achieve it.

“Our goal is to help everyone who has resettled here to build a successful life.”

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