Britons who open their homes to Ukrainian refugees receive 350 pounds (415 euros) a month for this. Under the scheme, which is coordinated by the UK government, people will have to make their homes available for at least six months.
Starting today, families can register for this purpose Homes for Ukraine-program. They will then be linked to refugees who have been granted entry visas to the UK in recent weeks. Home service providers must undergo a basic examination, and the rooms offered must meet certain standards. According to a recent poll, nearly 20 per cent of Britain’s population of 67 million would be willing to offer Ukrainian refugees shelter in their homes.
In addition to Homes for UkrainePlanned, the UK government has relaxed its national visa policy. Ukrainians who have a relative in the UK can now more easily apply for family reunification. About 4,000 entry visas have been issued so far via this route. Conservative minister Michael Gove said “tens of thousands” could be spent.
Under the visa regime, Ukrainians are allowed to stay for a minimum of three years, have access to health care in the UK and the right to work. Local municipalities receive more than £10,000 for each refugee they receive in their area. Local institutions and NGOs are brought in to help match housing providers and refugees.
UK visa policy has been criticized in recent weeks. Unlike European countries where borders are open, the government has maintained strict entry requirements. Home Secretary Priti Patel came under fire when it emerged that the British registry office, which opened in the French coastal town of Calais, was sending refugees to Paris and Brussels to sort their papers.
The French government called it an “inhumane” approach. Conditions have now been relaxed and Ukrainian refugees can apply for a British visa online.
Villas for refugees?
The same minister who Homes for UkraineThe program’s coordinator, Michael Gove, proposed another plan this weekend that caused quite a stir. He said he was considering opening the villas and many other sanctioned Russian oligarchic properties to refugees.
A group of activists immediately responded to this idea by occupying 50 million villas in Belgrave Square this afternoon and decorating them with Ukrainian flags and banners reading “Free the Russians” and “Putin Go Your Own”.
Squatters say they want to use the villa to receive Ukrainian refugees. The $1 million property will be owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who has been placed on the British sanctions list since the war in Ukraine.
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