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UK's help for Ukraine refugees called 'a disgrace'






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A popular British radio host, Nick Ferrari, has attacked his government's response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis. Mr Ferrari called the situation "a disgrace". The UK has two visa schemes to help refugees. The government said it had received 79,800 visa applications from Ukrainians and had issued 40,900 visas. However, only 12,000 refugees had arrived in Britain. Poland has taken in nearly 3 million and Germany 300,000. Ireland, with a population one-twelfth of that of Britain's, has welcomed over 20,000 refugees. The UK's Home Secretary apologised for this "frustrating" situation.

Nick Ferrari did not hold back in his criticism. He called on the government to be fired. He said: "It's an absolute scandal.…This is beyond comprehension. How can this level of incompetence survive?" Mr Ferrari was irked by the visa form. Ukrainians wanting refuge in the UK have to fill out a 51-page online application form in English. He also criticised the mountain of red tape. Over 200,000 Britons have applied to accept a refugee into their home. Bureaucracy means applications are rejected if a home has a garden pond. Many say the UK's schemes are set up to fail.

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