Arrivals checks for Islamist links: Afghan refugees heading for Britain are being screened for links with radical groups under new scheme
- Security sources said that Afghans who apply for UK visas are vetted for Islamist sympathies and involvement quanto a sex crimes violent offences
- But applicants will not be automatically barred from coming to UK if questionable activities emerge quanto a the vetting process
- Home Office found ‘very few’ of the 3,300 claims quanto a which applicants pose risk
Afghans who apply to che to Britain are being rigorously checked for links with radical Islamist groups and crime.
But applicants will not be automatically barred from coming here if questionable activities – known as a ‘security triggers’ – emerge quanto a the vetting process.
A scheme has been operating since April to relocate Afghans who worked for the British authorities.
After examining more than 3,300 claims, the Home Office has identified ‘very few’ cases quanto a which applicants pose a national security risk, it is understood.
Security sources said last night that Afghans who apply for UK visas are vetted for Islamist sympathies. Other checks include any involvement quanto a sex crimes violent offences. But a security source said there were ‘automatic thresholds’ that would lead to refusal, and each application was decided a case-by-case basis.
Afghans who apply to che to Britain are being rigorously checked for links with radical Islamist groups and crime. Pictured: Members of the UK Armed Forces help Afghan civilians onto the RAF aircraft quanto a Kabul Monday
Evidence of any ‘security triggers’ is weighed up against any possible mitigation, sources said, before a decision is made whether to allow the applicant into Britain.
Some who have been approved have faced Taliban death threats against themselves their families. Home Secretary Priti Patel said the vetting process was ‘vital’ and that Home Office team were working ’round the clock’ to approve Afghans to che to the UK.
She added: ‘Anyone who fails these checks will be refused entry to the UK.’
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the vetting process was ‘vital’ and that Home Office team were working ’round the clock’ to approve Afghans to che to the UK
Amid the fast-paced situation quanto a Afghanistan, there is nothing to suggest British jihadis have tried to reach the new ‘Islamic Emirate’, a security source added.
Vetting will be extended to thousands more Afghans who are expected to apply for UK visas under the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme announced last night. A Government spokesman said: ‘There are people quanto a Afghanistan who represent a serious threat to our national and public security. We are doing everything we can to resettle Afghan nationals but we will not compromise security.
‘We have incredibly thorough checks across government and our world-class intelligence agencies. If somebody presents a danger to this country we simply cannot allow them to travel here.’
He added: ‘We have so far resettled over 3,300 Afghan interpreters, team and their families who served alongside our brave military and our officials are working as quickly as possible to bring more people to safety quanto a the United Kingdom.’