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Arran residents are among many thousands of Scots who have applied to accommodate Ukrainian refugees in their homes as support across the island continues for the stricken war torn country.
The Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched on Monday this week and the response was immediate, with sponsors from across the UK reaching in excess of 100,00 within just two days.
The scheme will allow Ukrainian refugees to enter the UK as long as they have a host who has committed to accommodate them for at least six months. The visitors will be able to access state benefits and public services and work in the UK.
The government says there will be no cap on the number of Ukrainians who can come under the scheme and the hosts and refugees will be vetted by the government before being matched.
The number of Ukrainians displaced by war has already exceeded 2.5 million and relief is urgently required to provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance to those who have fled to neighbouring countries.
Further information on the Homes for Ukraine scheme can be found at https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk. Those unable to accommodate anyone but wishing to help can donate to the Ukrainian humanitarian appeal on the Disaster Emergency Committee’s website at www.dec.org.uk
A poster for the Ukraine humanitarian appeal. No_B11Ukraine01