How to take in Ukrainian refugees in the UK

REFUGEES continue to pour out of Ukraine as war rages on in their homeland.

The United Nations estimates that more than two million people have fled Russian invasion but how can Britain help?

Millions of donations went to refugees, mainly in Poland


Millions of donations went to refugees, mainly in PolandCredit: Alamy

Can I accept Ukrainian refugees in the UK?

Visa restrictions in the UK have not been fully lifted, so it is not easy for people to take in refugees.

Currently, Ukrainian refugees can only be admitted with an extended family visa.

However, the government has announced plans for a sponsorship scheme.

This would allow charities, businesses and community groups to sponsor refugees with no family ties to the UK.

It would match Ukrainians with sponsors and provide them with a safe route to Britain.

Around 200,000 people are expected, but there is no limit to the number of refugees who can enter the country.

How long would refugees stay?

It has not yet been announced how long sponsored Ukrainians could stay, full plans are yet to be released by the Department for Leveling Up.

With the family visa, refugees could stay for up to three years.

Previously, this visa only allowed a 12-month stay, but this was extended to reflect the Ukraine crisis.

While rules on Visas can be relaxed a bithome secretary Priti Patel stated that security measures would not be relaxed.

She told The Sun: “In response to desperation I saw it with my own eyes on the Polish border Two days ago, I urgently escalated our response to the growing humanitarian crisis.

“I am now investigating the legal possibilities of creating a humanitarian route.

“That means everyone with no links to the UK is fleeing conflict in Ukraine will have a right to come into this nation.”

What is the Ukrainian family system?

The Ukrainian family program is open to all Ukrainians who have family in the UK.

Parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren can travel to the UK on the extended family visa.

Extraordinary circumstances are also taken into account, for example if a family would be separated due to the applicable visa restrictions.

Government guidelines state that those seeking refuge under this scheme must apply to join or accompany a UK resident family member.

Applicants must have resided in Ukraine on or immediately before January 1, 2022.

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How else can I help the Ukrainians?

There are many different ways to help Ukrainians if you cannot offer a sponsorship or family visa.

There are many charities that accept monetary donations to help refugees.

Donations can be used to buy food, water and shelter, as well as warm blankets and clothing.

The British Red Cross is one of the top charities accepting donations.

Others are:

Contact the government

There are many petitions and other ways to ask your MP and other government officials to help Ukraine.

Petitions on the government’s official website and on tend to be the most effective.

You can also write to your local MP to express your support for Ukraine and ask them to encourage the government to act.

If you’re unsure about writing your own email, there are plenty of templates online.

Many community centers and other local businesses have opened collection points for clothing donations.

Most are looking for outerwear such as coats and gloves, as well as baby supplies and toiletries.

People have shared pop-up fundraisers on social media.

Use cryptocurrency

Some activists are arming Ukrainian armed forces with cryptocurrency.

They have sent military equipment, medical supplies and drones.

Crypto is also being used to fund a facial recognition app to identify Russian mercenaries and spies.

Use social media

Social media is a powerful tool for sharing information, as long as that information is accurate and not harmful.

Avoid Russian propaganda and check everything you see with verified information sources.

the Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC) said: “Look for reliable and fact-checked news.

“Disinformation is part of the Russian war.

“Share as much factual information about Russian aggression as possible.

“Do not publish information about the movement of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”


Thousands have already taken part in protests across the country and around the world.

People are protesting the treatment of the Ukrainian people and encouraging governments to sanction Russia.

In cities including Glasgow, London, Brighton and Oxford, protesters have waved Ukrainian flags and held up protest signs.

More sanctions are imposed on Russia by governments and companies alike.

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Bobby Allyn

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