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Northern Ireland shows its generosity with over 6,000 offering ‘Homes for Ukraine’

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, has acknowledged the hospitality and generosity of the people of Northern Ireland, revealing that thousands have already registered to offer a home to those fleeing the devastating conflict in Ukraine.

Mr Lewis commented on social media, saying:

“Northern Ireland is known for its hospitality the world over. I’m proud of the generosity shown towards those fleeing the awful situation in Ukraine. 6,262 people in NI have already expressed interest to provide support with #HomesForUkraine. Thank you.”

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis.

Since Russia invaded the Eastern European country, inflicting war and heartbreak on the peaceful nation, many have fled for their lives from the invading army who have shown no exception nor regard for human life even among the civilian population.

This week data released by the United Nations revealed that over three million people have already escaped from Russia’s relentless attacks. Both the U.N.'s refugee agency and the International Organisation for Migration estimate that the number of civilians fleeing could eventually reach four or five million. Almost two million Ukrainians have been internally displaced, according to the U.N.'s humanitarian agency, creating now the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

The bespoke UK Government scheme, Homes for Ukraine, will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. The scheme is designed to enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland.

The Government website states:

‘Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but we have a minimum expectation of 6 months.

‘We will welcome as many arrivals as possible, based on the number of sponsors.

People arriving under this scheme will be able to:

  • Live and work in the UK for up to three years

  • Access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition.’

For more information on Homes for Ukraine, please visit the link below:


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