Resettling Afghan former military interpreters to the UK: addressing challenges, sharing best practices

Project: Research project (funded)Internal pump-priming

Project Details


Dr Sara de Jong led research into the claims to protection by Afghan military interpreters employed by British Forces and other NATO troops. Many received life threats and applied for relocation to the UK and other countries. Based on extensive interviews with former interpreters, veterans, and local authorities, and analysis of policy debates and media, research findings showed - among other things - that there is significant variation in the service provision of UK Local Authorities responsible for the resettlement scheme, and also between different European countries, in the absence of (inter)national central coordination.

Dr de Jong was awarded HEIF pump-priming funds for a project to organise two best practices exchange events, targeting 1) Local Authorities to share lessons learned to improve support in housing, employment, education and health under the Afghan interpreters relocation scheme 2) national/international advocates and other stakeholders from France, Germany and Belgium to share best practices across countries. This will culminate in the production of a best practice Guidance.
Effective start/end date1/01/1930/09/19