Sponsorship visa route: that way to give Ukrainians a new family and leave post-Brexit laws outside UK borders. Stats this time say British are no longer prepared to back Tory Brexiteers’ hypocrisy

London 10 March 2022 – The British shambolic immigration law which is de facto turning down refugees, is now opening a door to Ukrainian fleeing the most violent and threatening war since WWII.

After widespread outrage for the post-Brexit visa scheme leaving women and children from Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa and the many other destroyed or sieged cities, there’s space now for us to help them not just in words or money, but in facts through the sponsorship visa route. This scheme, not yet in place, will give those Ukrainians with no relatives in the UK the chance to be helped by generous families who want to practically sustain them.

Those fleeing the war who have no family links to enter in UK with the visa, can get sponsored by a private individual, organised community, business, local authority or religious organisaton/church. They will be put in touch with a family available to help them to live and work in Britain for one year.

Though the government said 760 visa application have been processed so far and 300 have been granted over a total of 17,000, the system is not working: AFP reported that France accused Britain of inhumanity after five days ago 150 Ukrainians have been turned away in Calais and asked to apply for visas at the British Consulate in Paris or Brussels.

Scared and traumatised women, children, families are still kept behind the wall of bureaucracy: the Home Office said chance to make applications online will speed the process, but many say that’s not working as website crashes while docs are being uploaded.

Media reported extensively how so far those who risked their lives and left fathers, husbands, sons to defend the frontline of Europe, remained trapped into tough rules designed right against people like them and backed by those who believe that people fleeing war and persecution have no space in Britain, unless in very small numbers, enough to save Britain’s reputation as it happened with Syrian refugees.

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Stats, by the way, this time say British are no longer prepared to back Tory Brexiteers’ hypocrisy: 76% per cent of British support a scheme to resettle Ukrainian refugees fleeing the invasion. (field study conducted on 28 February – 1 March) and a second survey says 42% strongly support Ukrainian refugees should be allowed to come to the UK without a visa.

That means Tories have no margin to state that tough visa schemes reflect the will of the people; Home Office inability to face this refugee crisis only reflects government’s fear to lose political consensus ahead of next year’s general elections.

Refugees are mainly women and children because 18 to 60 years old men must remain in war torn Ukraine to fight against Russian invasion to save their country.

And this will be a long lasting horror we all have to go through, with no end in sight. Today, once again, no agreement has been reached in attempted negotiations: foreign minister Kuleba said talks in Turkey with Russian counterpart Lavrov led to nowhere as the Kremlin is practically asking Ukraine to surrender.

This comes after yesterday’s deliberate, horrific, attack to a maternity hospital in Mariupol  which made three dead, one of them child, and multiple injured. The attack targeted civilians into a healthcare infrastructure.

We are all shocked now as we were when similar attacks happened in Syria, a war where Russian special troops used to target civilians with chemical weapons to help Kremlin’s close friend Bashar al Assad.

We do not need to highlight the meaning of that terrifying attack and the impact it wanted to have not just on Ukrainians ahead of negotiations, but on us all.

UNHCR daily updated data show 2,316,002 people fled war-torn Ukraine.