A new UK asylum scheme is being kicked off to allow Britons to take in Ukrainians fleeing Vladimir Putin’s war, with the website expected to go live today.
Britain has faced criticism for the speed and scale of efforts to bring Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion to Britain.
It has now been announced that Britons providing homes to Ukrainian refugees through a new humanitarian route will receive a “thank you” payment of £350 a month.
The Home for Ukraine Plan, which is being rolled out this week, will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to bring people fleeing war to safety – even if they has no ties to the UK.
Donors can nominate a named Ukrainian individual or family to live with them in their home, or provide a separate property for their free use.
Promotion Minister Michael Gove will present the details later today in Parliament, before a website allowing people to apply for an interest goes live online.
What are the houses for Ukraine?
It is a new Government scheme in which Britons providing homes for refugees will receive a ‘thank you’ payment of £350 a month.
How will it work?
Donors can nominate a Ukrainian individual or family to live with them in their home, or provide a private property for their free use.
Refugees do not need to have a family link to the UK.
Accommodation providers will be screened and Ukrainian applicants will undergo a security check and will be required to commit to a minimum of six months.
A website that collects expressions of interest will launch on Monday.
Local government areas will be entitled to more than £10,000 per Ukrainian refugee.
“Additional payments” will be available to assist children who need to be accommodated in a school.
As a result, how many refugees will be able to come to the UK?
The plan is unrestricted, meaning there is no limit to the number of Ukrainians who can seek shelter in the country.
Housing Secretary Michael Gove predicted on Sunday that the UK’s new humanitarian route would mean “tens of thousands” going to the UK.
Will the wealth of the tycoons be used?
The government is facing growing calls to use the property requisitioned by sanctioned Russian oligarchs to house Ukrainians.
Mr Gove also said he wanted to “explore” the idea, but signaled that there could be legal issues,
He added: “We’re saying, ‘You’re being punished, you’re supporting Putin, this house is here, you have no right to use it or profit from it – and more so, while you’re not using it,’ use or profit from it if we can use it to help others, let’s do it. “
Is Britain doing enough to help Ukrainians fleeing war?
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Not according to the Refugee Council, which points out that unlike many other European countries, Ukrainians will still require a visa to enter the UK.
Enver Solomon, of the Refugee Council, said: “This program does not enable any Ukrainian, especially the most vulnerable such as lonely children, to seek safety in the country. UK and access the full support they need.
“By setting up a visa route and naming scheme, it will certainly be restricted to those known to everyone in the UK and is a rather lengthy, complicated visa application. .”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/everything-you-need-know-350-26458254 All you need to know about the UK's asylum program as Britons to take in Ukrainian fugitives