Councillor Hamida Ali, leader of the council, said:
“The scale of the unfolding humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan and reports of killings by the Taliban and crackdowns on women’s rights show how hard-fought freedoms are being dismantled. After two decades of conflict this country has a moral duty to help the many Afghans desperately seeking refuge from Taliban retribution.
“We welcome the government’s announcement of a UK Afghan resettlement scheme but it is vital that it is matched with the full funding necessary to house and support Afghan refugees to rebuild their lives here in the UK.
“Croydon has a long history of welcoming and supporting those in need of sanctuary and our community is proud to already be providing assistance and housing to over 150 Afghan unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and care leavers. Like other London boroughs, Croydon is working with the government to explore how we can best provide assistance but this effort will need all parts of the country to play their part.”