Boris Johnson Not Expected To Take In Ukrainian Refugee Due To ‘Unique Circumstances’
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Boris Johnson is not expected to host Ukrainian refugees in No 10 due to ‘unique circumstances’, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.
The news arrives amid the launch of the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ sponsorship scheme, which allows the British public to apply to house Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion.
When asked if the Prime Minister would allow a refugee to stay in his home, his official spokesperson highlighted challenges relating to security.
"There are specific challenges around the security of having someone in No 10,” they said (via the Independent).
“Various ministers have been asked about this and it will come down to individual circumstances.
"It's a significant commitment and it will depend on individual circumstances and is a matter for them."
The spokesperson was then asked if the answer was a definite no, to which they responded: "I think for security reasons you would expect we'd be unable to facilitate that in No 10."
According to figures released by the UN, more than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine, with the organisation describing it as the fastest growing refugee crisis since WWII.
Some predict the UK and the EU may have to welcome up to 15 million refugees if Russian President Vladimir Putin pushes on with the assault.
Those in the UK looking to help will be able to offer accommodation and employment to refugees through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
The government is expected to launch its website later today (14 March) for people to apply.
Brits offering to house fleeing Ukrainians will now receive a monthly cash incentive of £350 ($450), and will have to go through a vetting process. Ukrainian refugees taking part in the scheme will also undergo security checks.
The new program comes in the wake of a barrage of criticism levelled at Home Secretary Priti Patel over her handling of the Ukrainian refugee crisis, with only 4,000 visas granted to Ukrainians wanting to enter the UK so far.
Critics have branded the UK's response to the crisis as being slow and ineffective when compared to other nations who have taken in hundreds of thousands of people.
The Home Office initially only granted visas to refugees with family in the UK, and even then the process has been described as slow and restrictive.
If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information.
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