Guardian: many Ukrainians become homeless in Britain after sponsorship ends
Many Ukrainian refugees become homeless in Britain, having to live in terrible conditions after their sponsorship programme ends, Guardian columnist Toby Thomas wrote.
“It’s actually awful, the corridors are so old and dirty,” said refugee Maria, who was forced to move into a temporary accommodation facility.
As the journalist noted, Maria’s situation is shared by many of more than 150,000 Ukrainians who arrived in the UK under the sponsorship programme. The market of expensive and low-quality housing, as well as bureaucratic difficulties have created serious problems for refugees, Thomas added.
In March last year, UK authorities launched the Homes for Ukraine programme, allowing individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to provide temporary and free accommodation to refugees, for which Britons were paid compensation. According to the UK media, the authorities are gradually scrapping the programme. Recently, more and more Ukrainians have found themselves on the streets – according to the Guardian, this year their number could reach at least 50,000 people.
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