Children who were taken from their war-torn homes by a Scottish charity can now come to the UK, Home Secretary Theresa May has said after the government was accused of ‘obstructing’ them. There are 48 children who were taken out of Ukraine by the Dnipro Kids charity after Russia invaded, says Priti Patel. They could go to Britain. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford raised their plight in the House of Commons on Wednesday, saying then that the only thing stopping them from being brought to the UK’s safety was the Home Office.
There are children from the charity Dnipro Kids who were caught up in Putin’s attack on Ukraine on Thursday.
My work with the Ukrainian government has led me to ask them for permission to bring these children to the UK. I am very grateful to the people in Ukraine who have now told me that the children can come to the United States. We are working quickly with Poland to make sure the children arrive in the UK as soon as possible.
Dnipro Kids was started by fans of Hibernian Football Club. They took six to 17-year-olds from their orphanage in Dnipro when the Russians came over. Nine adults are with them. The UK government hasn’t been giving visas to the children, who don’t have passports.
They say they need more information about how to protect them. When Duncan MacRae, the Dnipro Kids Appeal media manager, flew out to Poland on March 16, he was 41 years old. A hotel in Nzin, Poland, has set up a movie theater and play area for the kids. As long as everything goes as planned, the kids should arrive in Scotland on Monday.
Ukrainian refugees fleeing Europe’s war could die before they can get to the UK because of a lot of red tape and Whitehall indifference, British people said today. It looks like there will be a lot of Ukrainians coming to the UK next week, and there are already about 25,000 applications for the Ukraine family program. There are also tens of thousands of people signed up for the government’s Homes for Ukraine sponsor scheme.
As of 4pm on Wednesday, 6,100 visas had been given out under the Ukraine family scheme. A chaotic response by the Home Office to the humanitarian disaster caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was slammed by many. Western intelligence had warned for weeks that a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen, but Whitehall seemed surprised by the attack and didn’t have a plan in place to help refugees.
After the UK at first only allowed visa applications from people who had close relatives in the UK, the Government had to make a lot of last-minute changes to let more Ukrainians in. This included promises to pay Britons £350 a month to host refugees. People at the Home Office say that security concerns are too blame for the delays in getting passports. Downing Street said the government was worried that Russian agents could try to get into the country by pretending to be refugees from Ukraine. Anyone who has a spare room or home can give it to a Ukrainian person or a family, but the person who gives it will be checked out and the person who wants it will have to pass a security check.
Initially, Michael Gove said that the scheme would help people with known connections sponsor each other so it could be “up and running as soon as possible.”