Speaking after the latest reports that the Home Office had only issued 1,000 visas to Ukrainian refugees Ruth Cadbury MP has branded the Governments approach as ‘heartless and incompetent’, while calling for an urgent safe sanctuary route to be set up to allow the UK to accept Ukrainians directly who are seeking asylum.
In a full statement Ruth said,
‘‘Over one million Ukrainians have already been forced out of Ukraine since Russia’s illegal and barbaric invasion. The UK needs to do our bit and provide a safe sanctuary route to allow those fleeing war to arrive in the UK. Other countries such as Poland have already done so and have taken in much larger number of refugees.
It is shocking to see reports of Ukrainians being turned away from UK visa centres or being sent hundreds of miles away to simply get visas or passports stamped. The Home Secretary Priti Patel needs to urgently get a grip as the response of the Home Office has been both heartless and incompetent over the recent days.
I know from listening to constituents that people locally want to see the Government doing much more to help those seeking asylum from Ukraine. The UK has a proud and historic tradition of helping those who are fleeing war and persecution- it is time for the Government to live up to this commitment and do the right thing to help the Ukrainian people in their hour of greatest need.’’