According to the UN, more than 10 million people are already thought to have left their homes in the Ukraine since the Russian invasion began. Around half of those fleeing are seeking refuge overseas. The UK is expecting to receive many thousands of Ukrainians and (as at the end of March) 29,200 visas have been issued via the family visa scheme and the Homes for Ukraine scheme (which is being run by the charity Reset).
Solicitors in the Safeguarding Unit, Veryan Exelby and Sophia Coles speak to:
- Sile Reynolds, Head of Asylum Advocacy at Freedom from Torture; and
- Rebecca Joy Novell, Refugee, Resettlement and Asylum Dispersal Operations and Contract Manager at Lancashire County Council.
Sile and Rebecca discuss the significant challenges facing incoming Ukrainian families and all those seeking to support them (including local authorities, charities and individual hosts), the practical reality on the ground, concerns about the UK’s current approach, key safeguarding risks, as well what can and should be done to best protect everyone. It was a sobering, informative and galvanising conversation, which we hope our listeners will find valuable.
Resources mentioned by our guests:
- Advice Ukraine (Pro Bono Legal Advice)
- Refugees at Home
- City of Sanctuary
- NACCOM (The No Accommodation Network)
This podcast was recorded on 5 April 2022.
If you have any questions on the podcast, please get in touch with Veryan Exelby, Sophia Coles, or your regular contact at the firm on +44 (0)20 3375 7000. If there are any other topics you would like us to cover in future briefings or podcasts, please let us know.
This publication is a general summary of the law. It should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.
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