The average size of the Afghan families coming to the UK is 7. Councils will have to buy large houses
It’s clear we do have an obligation to those Afghans who helped us but I had no idea of the cost.
According to The Times the average size of the families coming to the UK is seven people. At least one of the families has 12 people.
While councils have offered accommodation to just over 2,500 people the number of Afghans is thought to be nearer 15,000.
Apparently most Afghans are arriving at Birmingham airport and then going into quarantine for ten days. Then they are offered accommodation either in married quarters at MoD bases or in hotels.
In order to house all these people the government will give local councils grants to rent or even buy large houses.
One in three councils has come forward to find places for the refugees and the government are hopeful many more will do so.
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Councils are already offered about £10,000 per Afghan migrant to provide them with accommodation and support. A further £5million has been earmarked which will surely not be enough.
The Afghans are being rehoused across the country, with council leaders and mayors in Liverpool, London, Kent and Essex sharing strong statements of support.
Others have been moved to West Yorkshire, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Surrey and Melton in Leicestershire.
This is a massive operation but what has surprised me is the size of the average Afghan family.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest nations on earth. Why would the parents want to produce children that they could not adequately clothe and feed. It is a similar issue in Africa. The Chinese had the right idea in keeping the number of children down by law.
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