Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Looms in UK: Urgent Call for Clarity to Prevent Mass Departures
Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Looms in UK: Urgent Call for Clarity to Prevent Mass Departures

London: If the government doesn't take action now to provide them with long-term "clarity," more than half of the Ukrainians who came to Britain as refugees will have to leave by September 2025, according to several Conservative members of Parliament and NGOs on Wednesday.

Using the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine, which were set up to grant them a three-year stay, an estimated 182,100 Ukrainians have entered the UK since February 2022. Parliamentarians are urging Rishi Sunak's government to take action because there is no sign of an end to the conflict and the majority of those who have been displaced do not want to go back, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Bob Seely, a Tory MP and co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on Ukraine, urged 10 Downing Street to provide the Ukrainians with "important clarity" because some of them have children in school.

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Sir Robert Buckland, who advocated for giving Ukrainians a more permanent status while serving as justice secretary in Boris Johnson's administration. According to him, the "bespoke" plans developed for a "particularly urgent and unprecedented situation" needed a "further bespoke response."

According to Buckland, there may be a "higher degree of certainty" in some sort of arrangement that falls short of full citizenship.

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According to a July survey by the Office for National Statistics, roughly half of Ukrainian adults intended to stay in the UK even if it were safe to return, which was consistent with the views of their compatriots living in Germany.

Reset's CEO Kate Brown noted that the displaced Ukrainians have "started to rebuild their lives here," taking classes in English and finding employment. Reset and the government collaborated on the Homes for Ukraine programme.

"The infrastructure in Ukraine has completely been destroyed," declared Stan Benesh, managing director of Opora, a UK-based charity promoting Ukrainian immigration. If everyone returns, he claimed, "there wouldn't be enough resources to go around" even if Ukraine triumphs.

In that sense, he continued, "it's almost better if it's a slower or more focused return of those who, once it is safe, do want to go back."

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According to a Home Office spokesperson, the government will keep the programmes "under review" in case they need to be extended "in line with developments of the situation in Ukraine."

According to a Kiev-based nonprofit organisation called the Ukrainian Institute for the Future (UIF), 8.6 million Ukrainians who fled the country because of the conflict do not intend to come back. According to the UIF's most recent report, Ukraine had lost nearly 7 million residents since gaining independence in 1991, and its population was on the decline at the time of the Maidan uprising in 2014.

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