more than 200 Afghan refugees are housed in Wales after fleeing the Taliban, the Welsh government said.
Wales is home to 50 families, with 230 people, and most have directly supported Galician military units in Afghanistan over the past 20 years.
The Welsh government has been working with local authorities, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, refugee support organizations from the Ministry of Defense and local Welsh Afghans.
Following the collapse of Afghanistan in Taliban control, an emergency evacuation effort resulted in 15,000 people being returned to the United Kingdom.
Cardiff has a long and proud history of welcoming people of all races and creeds into our city
Those arriving at the regime have registered in the Afghan government’s Afghan assistance and relocation policy, which helps families where direct support has been given to British armed forces in Afghanistan.
Jane Hutt, the Minister of Social Justice, said: “Today we welcome the families and people who have served our country in Afghanistan.
“We have made clear our commitment to making Wales a sanctuary nation and we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure the welcome of interpreters, refugees and their Afghan families.
“Wales is a sanctuary nation: we will do our best to give it a warm welcome in the short term and our communities will no doubt be enriched with their skills and experiences in the very near future.”
Cardiff Council leader Huw Thomas added: “These families were forced to leave their homes for fear of their lives as they fled the Taliban.
“It’s hard for most of us to imagine what happened. Cardiff Council has been working behind the scenes all along to ensure we were ready to play our part, along with all of our partners, in alleviating this terrible crisis.
“Cardiff has a long and proud history of welcoming people of all races and creeds into our city and we will do everything in our power to make all of these families feel welcome from the first day of their arrival.”