Ukrainian refugees falling out with their hosts

Some Ukrainian families are falling out with their hosts after being matched up by the Homes for Ukraine scheme, community organisations have warned.

As a result the government is looking to establish a ‘re-matching’ service, according to a report in The Guardian.

Hosts are supposed to commit to a minimum of six months with the scheme, but anecdotally not all hosts are complying, as one 43-year-old Ukrainian was chucked out after just over a week.

With another, a Ukrainian wife and daughter matchup with a host going through a divorce who was a strict vegetarian who did not want meat in the house. The host is said to want them to leave as soon as possible.

A number of Ukrainians are in need of new sponsors and are now turning to local councils for help.

It’s thought that after the six month period elapses we could see a fresh number of cases of Ukrainians needing homes.

Unsurprisingly many of the families are showing signs of major trauma, as children are apparently falling to the floor after mistaking loud noises for bombs.

Marta Mulyak, who has hosted multiple Ukrainian since the start of the war and is chair of 1st London Plast, a Ukrainian Scout group, told The Guardian: “A lot of people say, ‘Of course I can give a room to a Ukrainian’. But then bills, cost of food – people maybe don’t think about that until they have come.”

Sara Nathan, the co-founder of Refugees at Home, predicted problems with the scheme to “stay quite acute for some time” – especially once placements hit six months.

A Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities spokesperson said: “We do not recognise these claims – more than 46,100 people have arrived through both Ukraine schemes and the vast majority of these are settling in well.

“There are stringent safeguarding measures in place for the Homes for Ukraine scheme and, according to council data reports, very few of these sponsorships are breaking down. Where they do, councils are able to provide support or find a more suitable sponsor.”

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  1. When the scheme was announced several correspondents including myself,-expressed doubts about it. Most people invited Ukrainian refugees into their homes for altruistic reasons (there were a few rich higher profile virtue signalers as well) without thinking the situation through. They had forgotten how relieved they were when actual family members who had stayed with them for a few days over Christmas finally went home letting them “get back to normal”. With a refugee family staying you have to accept a “new normal”.
    We see the odd sensationalised article about a husband running off with a female refugee, or rumours of other female refugees entertaining lots of “gentlemen callers” but there is no quantitative data about how many refugee/host relationships are actually failing.
    Perhaps it is a good thing that the Government have dragged their heels so much over granting visas as the more refugees that are housed the more they will fall out with their hosts and require housing by the Councils who have nothing to give them. Also the sensationalised stories and rumours may have put some people off, so that they have withdrawn from the hosting scheme, which may ultimately be a blessing in disguise.
    One thing for sure is if any Council does house refugees before qualifying UK citizens who have been waiting for years, it will not go down well and stir up resentment.

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