A refugee charity in the UK is seeing an “unprecedented” surge in families offering people a place to stay as thousands flee Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
Refugees at Home specialises in finding host families for people seeking asylum and those recently granted refugee status who need a room until they can secure more permanent housing.
One million people have fled Ukraine since Putin ordered Russian forces to begin their assault on the country, according to the UN’s most recent estimate. Around 200,000 could be eligible to come to the UK.
And while Boris Johnson’s government has come under fire for its response to the refugee crisis, the British public has stepped up in its support for people in need – with Refugees at Home receiving new applications from potential hosts every day.
“Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and now with the invasion of Ukraine, we have seen more people than ever before step up and literally open their doors to those fleeing war and persecution,” said Lauren Scott, the charity’s executive director. “When they arrive, Refugees at Home and our hosts are ready to welcome them.”
Around 1,600 households approached the charity to offer their home to refugees during last year’s Afghanistan crisis, and the team is once again seeing a huge increase in applications from across the country as the Ukraine invasion continues.