100,000 Brits sign up to house Ukrainian refugees — Analysis

The new visa scheme does not limit the number of Ukrainians that can enter the UK.

Just a few days after its launch, more than 100,000 homes signed up for the UK government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. It provides a refuge for people fleeing Russia-related conflict.

UK Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has praised it “Generosity of British Public”Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, called it “fantastic,”The website crashed shortly after going live due to the high number of sign ups.

Homes for Ukraine, which was launched Monday, allows UK citizens to provide refugee accommodation in their home for as little as six months. In return, hosts will be given a £350 ($457.49) “thank you”Payment tax exempt per month

All applications must be submitted online through the website.

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To support the anticipated influx of Ukrainians, local authorities in the UK will also be given more than £10,000 ($13,070) per Ukrainian housed in their area to help cover the cost of services, such as education and health.

The large support provided by UK citizens is a response to criticisms from the British government for slowing down in responding to people fleeing Ukraine. Since Russian troops launched their military attack on Ukraine in late October, the United Nations estimates that over 3 million have fled Ukraine.

Contrary to the 100,000 Brits willing to accommodate Ukrainians in their homes, there have only been 4,000 visas issued by the UK Government under the Ukraine Family Scheme. This visa allows British citizens’ relatives or those who are already in Britain to apply to get into Britain.

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