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COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Hundreds of St Albans residents welcome refugees into their homes

 Published on: 21st May 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

St Albans residents have been among the most generous in the county in offering Ukrainian refugees somewhere to stay as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

According to the most recent Home Office numbers as of May 10, 236 visas have been awarded to Ukrainians in St Albans under the initiative.

The scheme allows Ukrainian people to travel to the UK provided they have a designated sponsor who can offer them housing.

The county of Hertfordshire issued 1,236 visas and welcomed 622 refugees.

A spokesperson for St Albans City & District Council said: “The Home Office data relates to the numbers of visas issued through the Homes for Ukraine programme, and the number of arrivals.

“The role of district councils is to arrange for home inspections to assist with the safe arrival of sponsored Ukrainian nationals. To date, we have conducted 102 home inspections of properties offered under the scheme. Only one has been rejected as unsuitable so far, as it did not have a bedroom for use by the Ukrainian guest.

“We take part in Hertfordshire-wide meetings to discuss any issues as they arise and liaise with county council colleagues on matters such as school places, and health and wellbeing.”

A government spokesperson said: “We are grateful to the people of Hertfordshire for opening their homes and welcoming hundreds of Ukrainians to their area.”


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