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Ministers questioned over Home Office response to Ukraine refugee crisis

14 March 2022

The Home Affairs Committee questions immigration minister Kevin Foster and refugee minister Richard Harrington in a session focussing on the Government’s response to the Ukraine refugee crisis.


Wednesday 16 March 2022

At 10.00am

  • Kevin Foster, Minister for Immigration, Home Office
  • Richard Harrington, Minister for Refugees jointly in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Home Office

It is estimated that up to 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes due to Russian invasion of Ukraine. At present, the UK is requiring Ukraine nationals to obtain a visa before being admitted to the UK and this must be obtained before travel. The Ukraine Family Scheme has been established to offer a route to family members of British nationals and those with settled status.

The session examines the basis for the UK’s current approach, requiring visas for those fleeing Ukraine, and criticism from legal professionals about the practical operation of the Ukraine Family Scheme. It also investigates what work is being done to remove the practical barriers facing those attempting to come to the UK. The Committee also looks at what funding and support structures are in place to support Ukrainian refugees once they come to the UK.

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