Afghan refugee families take the UK government to court
15 year olds Najma and Marzia were forced to leave their London school. Photo BBC

Afghan refugee families take the UK government to court over children’s school disruption 

A group of Afghan refugee families who were resettled in the UK the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, are taking the British government to court over their move out of London disrupting their children’s education and impacting their ability to sit their exams.  

The families, according to the BBC, were recently moved from a hotel in London, where their children were enrolled at a nearby high school, to a hotel in the north of England. And due to lack of school spaces in their new area, the children’s education has been adversely impacted, the families argue. 

The families’ lawyers told the BBC that the British government is legally obliged to “safeguard and promote the welfare of children,” and that “They were promised a warm welcome and it is quite chilling to now hear the home secretary argue in court that she owes no duty to have any regard to the best interests of the children that are affected by this important decision to uproot them and move them hundreds of miles to live in an airport temporarily.”

The UK government has said they are trying to find permanent accommodations Afghan refugees.

The UK High Court is to hear the families case in a two-day sessions next week.

Housing has for Afghan refugees brought in after the fall of the country to the Taliban, has been a constant issue. According to reports, thousands are still stuck in “bridging” hotels across the UK.  The UK government has been criticised for not accepting any Afghan refugees under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, announced in August 2021, promising to settle 20,000 at risk Afghans