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Only about a fifth of refugees who have been issued with visas under the Homes for Ukraine scheme have arrived in the UK, figures show. 

A total of 86,100 visas had been issued by Wednesday, the Government said. 

But as of Monday just 27,100 Ukrainians had arrived in the UK, according to figures from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Home Office

This includes 11,110 through the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship route – 21.6 per cent of the 51,300 refugees with visas granted. 

Only about a fifth of refugees who have been issued with visas under the Homes for Ukraine scheme have arrived in the UK, figures show. Pictured: Ukrainian children who have fled with their mothers from the Russian invasion wait for their transfer at  Przemysl, Poland

Only about a fifth of refugees who have been issued with visas under the Homes for Ukraine scheme have arrived in the UK, figures show. Pictured: Ukrainian children who have fled with their mothers from the Russian invasion wait for their transfer at  Przemysl, Poland

Only about a fifth of refugees who have been issued with visas under the Homes for Ukraine scheme have arrived in the UK, figures show. Pictured: Ukrainian children who have fled with their mothers from the Russian invasion wait for their transfer at  Przemysl, Poland

A total of 86,100 visas had been issued by Wednesday, the Government said. Pictured: A Ukrainian refugee holds a sleeping child in a bus after landing at Zurich Airport from Krakow

A total of 86,100 visas had been issued by Wednesday, the Government said. Pictured: A Ukrainian refugee holds a sleeping child in a bus after landing at Zurich Airport from Krakow

A total of 86,100 visas had been issued by Wednesday, the Government said. Pictured: A Ukrainian refugee holds a sleeping child in a bus after landing at Zurich Airport from Krakow

Around 16,000 have arrived under the Ukraine Family scheme – 45.8 per cent of the 34,900 refugees issued visas. 

Overall, less than a third (31.4 per cent) of those granted visas under both schemes have arrived in the UK. 

There are multiple cases where families are unable to travel to the UK because not all family members have received their permission to travel letters or visas. 

There has also been widespread concern about the length of time it has taken for visas to be issued. 

Home Office minister Kevin Foster said suggestions that Ukrainian children are deliberately not being granted visas to prevent their families from travelling to the UK are ‘absolute nonsense’. 

Speaking yesterday, he admitted that some individuals ‘get a decision shortly after others in their party’, adding: ‘But that is not deliberate.’

A government spokesman said: ‘We are processing thousands of visas a day – this shows that the changes we made to streamline the service are working.’

The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline UKRAINE REFUGEE APPEAL

Readers of Mail Newspapers and MailOnline have always shown immense generosity at times of crisis.

Calling upon that human spirit, we are now launching an appeal to raise money for refugees from Ukraine.

For, surely, no one can fail to be moved by the heartbreaking images and stories of families – mostly women, children, the infirm and elderly – fleeing from Russia’s invading armed forces.

As this tally of misery increases over the coming days and months, these innocent victims of a tyrant will require accommodation, schools and medical support.

All donations to the Mail Ukraine Appeal will be distributed to charities and aid organisations providing such essential services.

In the name of charity and compassion, we urge all our readers to give swiftly and generously.

TO MAKE A DONATION ONLINE 

Donate at www.mailforcecharity.co.uk/donate 

To add Gift Aid to a donation – even one already made – complete an online form found here: mymail.co.uk/ukraine

Via bank transfer, please use these details:

Account name: Mail Force Charity

Account number: 48867365

Sort code: 60-00-01

TO MAKE A DONATION VIA CHEQUE

Make your cheque payable to ‘Mail Force’ and post it to: Mail Newspapers Ukraine Appeal, GFM, 42 Phoenix Court, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 8JY

TO MAKE A DONATION FROM THE US

You can donate via CAF America at: https://donations.cafamerica.org/mail-force/

Or 

US readers can donate to the appeal via a bank transfer to Associated Newspapers or by sending checks to dailymail.com HQ at 51 Astor Place (9th floor), New York, NY 10003.

Checks in the US need to be made out to ‘CAF America’ and have ‘Mail Force Ukraine Appeal’ in the memo. 

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Source: Daily Mail

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