The UK government will invite Britons to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees after being criticized for their response to the crisis being described as the worst since World War Two.
Britons are about to be asked by the government to open their homes to refugees fleeing Russian bombs in Ukraine amid criticism over the country’s response to the crisis.
According to Western officials, millions of Ukrainian refugees are arriving in bordering countries with frostbite from the cold and some with mental health scars after facing waves of shootings. Russian destruction, according to Western officials.
Promotion Minister Michael Gove will detail on Monday a new “funded” humanitarian route to allow Ukrainians with no family links to the UK to come to the country.
According to the report, ministers will announce a hotline and website where individuals, charities, businesses and community groups will be able to provide rooms for those escaping conflict.
It comes as a result of the UK’s slow response in the face of Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II, with around 2.2 million people already leaving the country.
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And that number could rise to around four million refugees, a United Nations official said.
Boris Johnson told Sky News: “On Monday you’re going to get from the Upgrade Secretary you’re going to get the scheme to let people into the house, so (if) people want to welcome (refugees) into their own homes, they may do so.”
Refugees entering through the new route will be allowed to stay for an initial period of 12 months, during which time they will be able to work, claim benefits and access public services.
Authorities will match them with offers of free accommodation from sponsoring individuals and organisations, who will be checked to make sure it is safe and secure.
It is suggested that the refugee crisis is on a scale not seen globally in at least eight decades.
“UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) briefed us and other top donors last night,” the Western official said.
“At the time, their refugee count had reached two million – 2.2 million as of last night – but they were worried that we could see four million in the next few days. .
“These are unprecedented movements of people in Europe, or indeed possibly anywhere else in the world.
“I want to emphasize the sheer scale of this, it’s something we haven’t seen, certainly since the end of World War II, and it’s a real challenge for all of us. we.”
The Telegraph says housing providers will have to agree to accept refugees for a minimum period – perhaps six months – and demonstrate that they meet the appropriate standards.
A Government spokesman said the details of the plan were being worked on “with speed”.
“The routes we offer are all subject to the extensive involvement of our Ukrainian partners,” the spokesman said.
“This is a complex and fast-moving picture and as the situation evolves, we will continue to maintain our support during the ongoing review.”
The move comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel was urged to do more to make it easier for people arriving in the UK via the existing family route.
On Thursday, Ms. Patel announced that from Tuesday, people will be able to apply for their visas online and will no longer have to visit a processing center to provide their biometrics.
However, the British Red Cross said the fastest way to fix the problem was to remove the visa requirement, while the Refugee Council said Ms Patel’s announcement “didn’t go far enough”.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed this week that five flights containing medical supplies and medicines have left the UK for deliveries to Ukraine since the conflict began.
Giving an idea of the humanitarian picture in the Eastern European country, officials say the Ukrainian government is asking for trauma kits, with demand for these bags likely to increase as hostilities continued.
They say the needs of refugees are also changing as new waves arrive at neighboring borders.
“What we are seeing is with refugees and IDPs (internal displaced persons), you are getting simple things like frostbite because people are walking,” said one official.
“You’re getting things like women who don’t have access to maternal health care, you’re getting people who need mental health support because they’re from targeted areas. and bomb.
“So demand will continue to change.”
The official said there had been a “change in the profile” of refugees arriving at the border, adding: “The first wave of refugees moved very quickly because these are people with resources, they have connections. contact elsewhere, so they came and they moved.
“In the second wave, we started to see these people very traumatized, they leave without any resources, they are very vulnerable and they need more direct support.”
Another official said those who appear more recently are “more sick, for example the elderly, grandparents, who have been left behind because they cannot walk very easily”.
There is also a worry about how Moldova will deal with refugee numbers if a Russian attack on the Ukrainian port of Odessa leads to a mass exodus.
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