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Homes for Ukraine: Thousands left in limbo by slow and chaotic Conservative response

March 30, 2022 10:57 AM

New statistics on the Homes for Ukraine scheme which show that less than 10% of applicants have had a visa granted. Of 28,300 applications received for the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, 2,700 visas have been granted (9.5%).

Liberal Democrats Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said: "More than 150,000 families are offering to welcome refugees into their homes, but the Conservatives are offering only red tape and delays. Their response has been appallingly slow and chaotic, leaving thousands of Ukrainians in limbo trying to get a visa.

"Ministers need to work harder and faster to match the compassion shown by the British public.

"Ukrainian refugees should be allowed to come to the UK now, without first having to apply for a visa. And the Government should set up a fast, ambitious resettlement scheme, working with refugee agencies to bring Ukrainians directly to the UK."