More than 100,000 Ukrainians have come to Britain since war began: Government

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More than 100,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Britain under two schemes set up to help those fleeing the country following Russia’s invasion on February 24, the British government said on Thursday.

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Nearly 6.2 million refugees from Ukraine have been recorded across Europe as of July 26, according to United Nations data, with more than half applying for temporary residence schemes. Poland alone has registered more than 1.2 million Ukrainians.

Britain’s schemes, one for those with family already in the UK and another allowing Britons to offer accommodation to those fleeing the war, initially faced criticism for being overly bureaucratic and leaving some refugees in limbo for weeks.

The government said the process was now fully digital and it aimed to process applications within 48 hours. It will also now allow children under the age of 18 to apply to come to Britain without a parent or guardian if they have proof of parental

As of July 26, the number of applications received by Britain under its two Ukraine visa schemes was 198,200, according to government figures, with a total of 166,200 visas issued. Of those, 104,000 had arrived in Britain by July 25.

Britain has been prioritizing Ukrainian visas, which has caused processing delays for work and study visas for many applicants from other countries.

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