According to the British government, more than 100,000 Ukrainians have arrived in the UK under two programmes set up to assist refugees leaving the country after Russia’s invasion on February 24.
According to United Nations figures, about 6.2 million Ukrainian refugees had been reported throughout Europe as of July 26, with more than half applying for temporary immigration programs. Over 1.2 million Ukrainians have been registered in Poland alone.
Britain’s programmes, one for individuals who already have relatives in the country and another that allows Britons to give shelter to people fleeing the conflict, were first criticized for being unduly bureaucratic and putting some refugees in limbo for weeks.
The administration said that the procedure was now totally computerized and that applications would be processed within 48 hours. It would also enable youngsters under the age of 18 to seek to travel to the UK without the presence of a parent or guardian provided they have documentation of parental approval.
According to official estimates, the number of applications received by Britain under its two Ukraine visa programs was 198,200 as of July 26, with a total of 166,200 visas awarded. By July 25, 104,000 of them had landed in the United Kingdom.
Because Britain has prioritized Ukrainian visas, many applicants from other nations have experienced processing delays for work and study visas.