Homes for Ukraine refugees scheme Bristol: how to help, sponsor and host refugees fleeing Russia war to UK

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The government has confirmed there will be "no cap" on the number of refugees that can stay with UK host families and organisations under this new visa scheme.

People across Bristol are set to be asked by the government to contribute to the UK’s efforts in rehoming Ukrainians fleeing their country as a result of conflict with Russia.

This is set to be completed under the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme that was announced by Levelling Up and Housing and Communities Secretary Michael Gove on March 14.

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The UN confirmed that more than 3 million Ukrainians, which is more than  of its entire population, escaped the country in what has been described as ‘the worst refugee crisis in Europe since WW2’.

The introduction of this new visa scheme is set to alleviate concerns regarding the procedures of finding asylum in the UK for Ukrainian refugees.

So, how can Bristolians get involved in rehoming Ukrainian refugees and how will it work?

What is the Ukraine UK refugee scheme?

A number of European countries, such as Germany, have already found homes for a number of Ukrainian refugeesA number of European countries, such as Germany, have already found homes for a number of Ukrainian refugees
A number of European countries, such as Germany, have already found homes for a number of Ukrainian refugees | AFP via Getty Images

The ‘Homes for Ukraine’ programme will allow community groups, charities, businesses and individuals across the UK to offer rent-free accommodation to Ukrainians escaping the war with Russia.

Michael Gove confirmed that around 4,000 visas have already been issued to Ukrainians with thousands more expected to be provided soon.

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The first Ukrainian refugees have already arrived in the UK using this scheme.

Can I offer a room to a Ukrainian refugee in the UK?

As per Michael Gove, anyone will be allowed to apply to rehome a Ukrainian refugee.

But that does not mean everyone will be accepted, as there is a rigorous and extensive vetting process that an individual must successfully complete.

How long can refugees stay with a UK host family or individual?

Michael Gove revealed all about the scheme Michael Gove revealed all about the scheme
Michael Gove revealed all about the scheme | Getty Images

If you manage to successfully nominate a Ukrainian refugee family or individual to stay with you in a room or a home, they will be permitted to stay with you for at least six months.

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Sponsored Ukrainians will also be granted three years to remain in the United Kingdom and they will be entitled to work and public services.

Government officials have confirmed that there is ‘no cap’ on the number of Ukrainian refugees that the UK can offer this visa to.

How do I register for the scheme?

The UK government has launched a website that will allow those who wish to apply for the scheme to register their interest on Monday.

The scheme is currently open for applications.

Over 150,000 people have already registered their interest in hosting a Ukrainian refugee within the first five hours of the website’s launch.

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Including big names such as Dragons’ Den star Steven Bartlett and Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Will I receive any financial support if I host a refugee?

Any Britons who offer accommodation to Ukrainian refugees will be entitled to a ‘thank you’ payment of £350 per month.

In his address, Gove confirmed that local authorities will be entitled to more than £10,000 per refugee rehomed in their community.

The Housing and Communities Secretary also confirmed that additional payments will be made available to support school-age children who need to be accommodated within education.

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They will not be expected to provide food and living expenses but can choose to offer this.

Support people fleeing the devastating conflict in Ukraine: donate to the DEC appeal

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) charities and their local partners are in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance. Learn more and donate what you can today.

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