1st March 2022
This is a rapidly changing situation. New Routes does not coordinate refugee resettlement or accommodation, but in response to the many enquiries we are receiving, we will endeavour to update this page with relevant information and links, as and when we are able to.
Accurate as of midday on Wednesday 16th March 2022:
Currently, the UK government has announced two schemes for Ukrainians wishing to enter the UK:
Ukraine Family Scheme – to allow family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK.
Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine – A new sponsorship scheme for Ukrainians without any family ties to the UK. The scheme will allow sponsors, such as communities, private sponsors or local authorities, to bring those forced to flee to the UK.
Further information on all available routes to the UK for Ukrainians can be found on the UK Gov website.
If you are interested in hosting Ukrainian refugees in your home, please visit the government’s Homes for Ukraine site.
There is broad information on refugees and asylum seekers in Norfolk on the Norfolk County Council website and the Norwich City Council website.
Norwich Homeless Support are gathering in-kind donations which will be shipped to the Ukraine/Polish border – they’re also looking for volunteers to help with the efforts. See their Facebook for more information here. There is also a ‘Ukraine Loddon & Chedgrave Support’ group which you can take donations to to be shipped to Ukraine/Poland for refugees there. For more information, please see their Facebook group here.
Here is also a useful article from the EDP detailing local efforts to gather donations in kind to be sent to refugee camps in Poland.
Furthermore, to make a cash contribution towards efforts on the ground, you can visit the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal or the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal, to which the government has said it will match every £ donated.
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