‘No limit’ for refugees hosted by UK families
There will be no limit to the number of Ukrainian refugees who can live with UK host families.
Under a new visa scheme, the government has confirmed that there will be ‘no cap’ on refugees.
Reportedly thousands of displaced people will benefit from the Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme.
Hosts will receive £350 a month to host refugees in their homes for a minimum of six months.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid told BBC Breakfast there would be “no cap” on the number of people who can be supported through the scheme.
“I’m pleased that we’re doing this because as a country we have a very proud record of offering sanctuary to people from wars and conflicts,” he added.
The Government has already received criticism for its response to the growing refugee crisis, including several MP’s.
Some stated that the Government should have mandated better procedures and learned from their mistakes after the syrian refugee crisis.
Under the new scheme, people in the UK will be able to nominate an individual or family to stay with them, for at least six months.
Mr. Javid said once refugees arrive they will be allowed to stay in the UK “for at least three years”.
They will have access to the NHS and other public services.
Local authorities will also reportedly receive £10,500 in extra funding per refugee for support services, compared to the smaller bonus of £350 a week for hosting families.
Applications to host refugees will be made online.
“The first hosts and refugees will be matched this week, allowing the first Ukrainians to arrive in the UK through this route in about two weeks”, the BBC’s chief political correspondent Adam Fleming says.
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