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Afghan interpreters win right to live in the UK

ITI welcomes Downing Street's announcement that up to 600 Afghan interpreters who worked alongside UK troops on the front line in Afghanistan will be granted UK visas and the right to apply to remain indefinitely in the UK.

These interpreters have provided UK forces with a vital service, while being exposed to great danger themselves. They have suffered threats against their own lives as well as those of their families in Afghanistan, and it is extremely important that the work they have done for the UK is rewarded with the offer of a safe place to live.

The announcement also ensures that Afghan interpreters will have the same rights as the Iraqi interpreters who served with UK troops. It is essential that the government now provides funded support to these people to assist in their relocation and resettlement in the UK. The interpreters' skills in communication and the ability to work under intense pressure can only contribute to the UK economy as a whole.

Read the full story on The Times (paid content).

Read the full story on the BBC website.

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